Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence began with one story, Kristen’s story of domestic violence and her survival. Her story encouraged many people to break their own silence and share their stories. Today, it isn’t only one story impacting lives but that of many survivors of domestic violence. Individuals have united to fight against this epidemic that has destroyed families and claimed the lives of beautiful people who have lost their fight against domestic violence.
As I interviewed Tara Woodlee for this article, I was stunned at not only her story of survival, but also the story of her daughter Ashleigh, who lost her battle against domestic violence in 2012.
I am honored to introduce Tara “Mama Tara” Woodlee to our Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence community.
Tara Woodlee has joined the BTS board as secretary. We are proud to have her.
Who is Tara Woodlee?
Tara is a survivor who experienced domestic violence when her daughters were young. However, her advocacy didn’t start until she lost her beautiful daughter Ashleigh to domestic violence. Ashleigh, who was four months pregnant at the time, was killed by her boyfriend after leaving him. After searching for her for a while, he discovered where she was staying. On July 13, 2012, Ashleigh and her unborn baby, Patience, died at the hands of her abuser, who then killed himself.
Tara’s advocacy with domestic violence came shortly after when she began to share her story at speaking engagements. A few months later she met Kristen and they were able to connect. Her story has impacted and changed the lives of many. Tara feels like a mother of the next generation–many know her as “Mama Tara.”
On January 1, 2013, Tara began her organization Ashleigh Patience Project to raise awareness about domestic violence and to share her daughter’s story.
Tara’s biggest goal in being a board member is to keep getting the word out about domestic violence. She wants BTS to encompass and promote stories of every survivor.
Please send a warm welcome to BTS newest board member, Tara Woodlee.
Remember, our voices are powerful breaking the chains of domestic violence. You are loved. You are beautiful. You are enough.