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Empowering Women: Rebuilding Confidence After Domestic Violence

"EmpowerHer: Rebuild & Rise" is a comprehensive program dedicated to helping women overcome domestic violence by rebuilding their self-confidence and equipping them with essential life skills for a brighter future. Through a combination of personalized coaching and group workshops, we provide a supportive environment where survivors can heal and thrive.

Our team of life coaches are not only trained professionals but also survivors of domestic violence themselves, offering firsthand understanding and empathy. They serve as mentors and guides, empowering participants to reclaim their sense of self-worth and take control of their lives.

The program covers a wide range of topics, including self-esteem building, assertiveness training, financial literacy, emotional regulation, and goal setting. Participants learn practical skills to navigate challenges and create fulfilling lives beyond the cycle of abuse.

Through individualized support and a strong community network, EmpowerHer fosters empowerment, resilience, and lasting transformation. By investing in women's empowerment, we break the cycle of violence and create a brighter future for survivors and their families.

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Meet Mimi J.

Domestic Violence Survivor

Get ready to be inspired as you meet Mimi J., a remarkable survivor whose story embodies courage and perseverance. Below, you will encounter her powerful journey, a testament to the strength within us all.

 

Prepare to be moved by her story of overcoming adversity and embracing a future brimming with hope and possibility.

Mimi's Testimony 

Life Coach & Domestic Violence Survivor

I am sharing my story of domestic violence in hopes that you will find the strength to leave your abusive partner and seek healing. Love does not hurt. Love does not give you a black eye. Love does not destroy your self-worth. My abusive ex-husband and I started dating when I was only 16 years old and he was in his early twenties. My family tried everything in their power to keep him away from me, but I could not see the evil they saw in him. He spoiled me and made me feel like a princess. I eventually moved out of my mom’s house and moved in with him. Soon after, I dropped out of school and the verbal and physical abuse started.

The beatings were severe and at times unbearable. I remember when he struck me to the ground and choked me until I passed out. I woke up and he was in a panic thinking he had killed me and was figuring out how he was going to cover up his crime. You are probably thinking I left him after that near-death experience. Unfortunately, fear had me paralyzed; I was too afraid to leave him. So, I stayed quiet, pretended that everything was okay, and lied about many black and blue bruises. I suffered in silence and began self-harming by cutting my wrist. I wanted the abuse to end, and if he did not kill me, I was going to kill myself. When I turned 18 years old, we got married at the courthouse without telling my family. I later found out that he married me thinking I would get him his citizenship. As they say, “God doesn’t like ugly.” He never received his USA citizenship and eventually had to move to Canada. I followed him hoping things would get better and that the beatings would stop. Instead, it got worse. I was completely isolated without family and friends in a foreign country. I went through seven miscarriages and was ridiculed by his family for being unable to carry the children. The miscarriages were heartbreaking; however, I am grateful that I did not have any children with him.

How did I escape? On the day he received his permanent residency in Canada, he said to me after 11 years of dealing with his crazy ass, “You can go back to your mom’s house now. In fact, I will buy you your plane ticket right now. I do not need you anymore.” Out of all the mental and physical abuse he put me through, the above statement hurt the most, and it woke me up to the reality that if I did not leave this man, he would kill me. I got a job and saved all of my money for months, secretly rented an apartment, and when the moment was right, I gathered my belongings and left him. I wish I could say that was the end of the story. He eventually found out where I was living and broke into my apartment. I came home and found him in my apartment wearing my security uniform with a hammer and a utility knife in his hands. Thank God my friend was with me that day. When he saw her with me, he froze. I am guessing he was not up to killing two people that day. After all those years of abuse, I never called the police on him. I was too afraid and did not want him to go to jail. After this incident, he finally went to jail, and even though I was too afraid to press charges, the city attorney did. His family was so upset that he was arrested that they cursed me out and threatened my life. It is unfortunate how victims are sometimes persecuted by the abusers’ family. After he went to jail, he left me alone and never bothered me again.

Today, I am blessed with two beautiful daughters who are simply amazing and rock my world. I am happily married to my handsome Caribbean husband, who is kind and caring. I am so blessed to be alive, and I give all the glory to God for saving me, and I thank God for my family that never gave up on me. In my book, I will share the details of all the hell I endured for 11 years. If you are in an abusive relationship, PLEASE get help and get out NOW. You cannot change or help your abusive partner. Again, love does not hurt. Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking; it is not provoked [nor overly sensitive and easily angered]; it does not take into account a wrong endured. 1 Corinthians 13: 4-5."

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IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEEDS HELP

There are people who can help you 24-hours a day.

Victim Connect Resource Center (U.S. and Canada):

Staffed 24/7 with crisis counselors who can assist in over 170 languages.

Call: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

All calls are confidential.

Join Us in Rebuilding Lives

Join Us in Rebuilding Lives: Support Survivors of Domestic Violence

Your donation can make a profound impact on the lives of women and children recovering from the trauma of domestic violence. By contributing to our cause, you provide crucial funds to cover coaching sessions with trained survivors and licensed therapists. Your support ensures that survivors have access to the guidance and resources they need to heal and rebuild their lives.

Additionally, your donation helps us provide workshop supplies essential for empowering survivors with life skills and emotional resilience. From notebooks for journaling to makeup for self-expression, your generosity enables us to create a nurturing environment where survivors can rediscover their strength and confidence.

As part of our commitment to holistic care, we gift each survivor with a care package filled with essentials like toiletries and emergency clothes. These small gestures of kindness offer comfort and practical support to those in need, reminding them that they are valued and supported on their journey to healing.

Your contribution, no matter the size, makes a difference. Together, we can create a future free from the cycle of domestic violence and empower survivors to thrive. Donate today and join us in rebuilding lives and fostering hope for a brighter tomorrow.

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