Kristen Faith says she survived domestic violence — now she’s helping other survivors break their silence:
“I knew what it felt like to live in silence. The abuser controls them by keeping them silent about the abuse that they endure. So, breaking that silence means freedom, it means peace, it means happiness. It means a new wave of social change has just arrived.”
In light of this, she founded Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence — a nonprofit that provides resources to survivors and their loved ones.
“It all started when I shared my restraining order on Facebook and let the world read it. It was my way of inspiring other people to share their story.” Faith explained. “In 2011, I got out of an abusive relationship after being in one for about three years, from 18 to 22 years old, and I realized how many women and men were in abusive relationships.”
Break the Silence offers scholarships, financial assistance, and two retreats — the Angel Family Retreat, for those who have lost loved ones to domestic violence, and the Survivor Sister Retreat, for women who have been affected by domestic violence. They also have a survivor helpline to connect survivors with similar experiences.