Our Story

Breaking the Silence Against Domestic Violence (BTSADV) is a national nonprofit organization powerfully led by survivors-volunteers who help serve victims, survivors, and families affected by domestic violence.

Our BTSADV family provides critical, direct support to people in need  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

As survivors, no one can better understand how to help. We’ve seen the unmet needs of survivors and have developed a unique organization that bridges 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 safe, dependable and connective resources.

BTSADV compliments the services crisis shelters offer and assists 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.

Join our powerful network of survivors! We welcome and encourage new partnerships to address the needs of our community and to end domestic violence.

Our History

BTSADV began in 2011 with programs and services opening to survivors of domestic violence in 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. 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

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 our team is built entirely of survivors, and with that we have been able to incorporate resources that we, as survivors,  would have needed and wanted during our personal battles with abuse. 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.

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

Our Mission

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 

Misty Medders BTSADV Board Member

Misty Medders

Board Secretary

Midori Davidson - BTSADV Board Treasurer

Midori Davidson

Board Treasurer 

Megan Lee BTSADV Board member

Megan Lee

Board Member 


Leslie Browning

Board Member 

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Sheena Billington

Board Member

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

Contact our Board President

Please use the form below to send a message to our Board President.

Primary Documents

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