Our Story

We began in 2011, 11 days after our Founding CEO, Kristen Faith was granted a restraining order against the man who abused her. After enduring years of physical, sexual, financial, and emotional abuse, Kristen broke her silence by creating a Facebook Page. Her vision created a worldwide support network for survivors to connect to address their emotional and mental health needs post-trauma.

Our BTSADV “family” provides support in an effort to:

  • eliminate isolation and suicidal thoughts
  • reduce anxiety
  • build trust in healthy friendships
  • inspire passion
  • provide tools to manage PTSD symptoms
  • reduce depression symptoms

BTSADV has grown to become a national nonprofit organization led by survivor-volunteers who serve victims, survivors, and families affected by domestic violence. We understand the unmet needs of survivors and have developed a unique organization that could bridge the gap in services between emergency shelters, direct service providers, government agencies, academic institutions, businesses and the community. Each program we offer is designed to empower, educate, and fulfill the needs of survivors and their families through our unique connective resources.

BTSADV compliments the services crisis shelters offer and assist in decreasing the number of times victims return to abusive partners. Recovering after abuse can be a lifelong journey. We are committed to addressing healing after crisis by providing a national network for survivors to connect, speak out, and advocate against abuse.

We welcome and encourage new partnerships to address the needs of our community and to end domestic violence.

Our Founder

After enduring three horrific years of abuse at the hands of the man who she believed loved her, Kristen Faith was finally able to leave. Once she was out, she decided to break her silence on social media by creating a Facebook page called Break The Silence Against Domestic Violence. 

Six months later, Kristen felt moved to share her restraining order, and copied and pasted it onto the Facebook page for everyone to read. She hoped by sharing her personal story with others would inspire other people to share their own. Kristen knew all too well what it felt like to live in silence, and she wanted to be a voice for those who had none. 

From that point, thousands of people began writing in and asking for help. At the time, Kristen was still a student at San Diego State University, but felt compelled to create positive change however possible. In July 2012, she officially filed for non-profit status, and in one week, we were approved. 

The first year we were able to provide programs and services to survivors of domestic violence was 2013. By the following year, we were able to quadruple the amount of support we offered to survivors seeking aftercare assistance. National media outlets started to take notice of the work our organization was doing, and, as a result, Kristen Faith was featured in Glamour Magazine and ESPN in 2015, sharing her story and lending her voice to others – including celebrities – who also had fallen victim to abuse. Just a few shorts years later, we have grown to become one of the top 125 nonprofits on social media and currently reach over 30 million viewers on our digital platforms each week.

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Kristen Faith member of Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence's Speaker's Bureau

Kristen Faith was just one survivor who dreamed of making a positive difference for those affected by domestic violence. There was no way to imagine just how far that dream would carry her or how much the organization would grow. Today, we are best known for being one of the biggest social media pages on Facebook that provides survivors a place to connect, feel empowered, and get educated about domestic violence. What we feel is most unique about this organization is that, Kristen Faith built the foundations, she incorporated resources that she would have needed and wanted when she was in her own situation. BTSADV is a life-changing way to bridge the gap in services survivors face once they have transitioned out of crisis services.  

At BTSADV, our mantra is, ‘We are survivors helping survivors.’ We understand how to serve those who have been impacted by abuse, and that connection is deeper than words can ever explain. We have reframed the conversation around domestic violence and, in the process, have redefined the way people see this issue. 

Our team has worked hard to create a range of programs that are unlike any other domestic violence organization out there. We provide scholarships in memory of fallen victims who have lost their lives to domestic violence homicide, and we offer retreats for survivors and Angel families to connect with others and heal from trauma and loss. BTSADV has also developed one of the largest national speakers bureaus to serve as a platform where businesses and academic institutions can book survivors for their local speaking events and educational efforts. We are also committed to helping men affected by abuse, and we have developed programs to educate and bring men together to discuss relationships and their own personal journeys because everyone needs to be a part of the solution, and everyone deserves to live a life free of violence.

Our Mission

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To provide community resources and support services to victims, survivors, and families affected by domestic violence.

Break The Silence Against Domestic Violence is committed to:

bringing support and resources to survivors across the nation.

educating our nation about the effects of domestic violence.

ending the misunderstandings and stigma surrounding survivors.

encouraging survivors to heal and break their silence.

Meet our Board of Directors

Tara Woodlee

President of the Board of Directors 

Jana Paruginog

Vice President of the Board of Directors 

Mark Terry

Board Treasurer

Misty Medders

Board Secretary

Letter from our Board President

Hello BTSADV Family!

It truly is an honor to serve as the Board President of Break The Silence Against Domestic Violence. Our team of talented and trusted Board Members have allowed our organization to grow immensely with the help and support of our great volunteers and donor warriors.

A single head achieves nothing, so I am counting on your support to achieve the growth and goals we have planned for BTSADV.

It is my absolute goal to devote my time and energy to the obligations and duties of this post. This organization does incredible work for communities across the country and it is my priority to ensure the volunteers and staff of BTSADV continue to uphold our mission and values, serve our clients and fulfill our promise to utilize donations for goodwill and social change.

There’s an old saying,

Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks.

By the end of 2020, it is my goal and prayer that we will have transformed these possibilities and opportunities into stories of success and triumph.

– Tara Woodlee
“Mama Tara”

Tara Woodlee and her Angel Daughter Ashleigh Lindsey

Primary Documents

Break The Silence Against Domestic Violence is a 501c3 public designated charity, tax identification number: 46-0720615