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

Kristen Faith is the Founder and CEO of national nonprofit organization, Break the Silence against Domestic Violence. She is a millennial on a mission to bring abuse to center stage.

After creating one of social media’s most recognized domestic violence awareness brands, she went on two national tours producing and showcasing her raw documentary, The Return of Social Change.” The documentary consists of a raw collection of stories told by survivors of domestic violence from across the country. Self-proclaimed film maker, speaker, and social influencer – Kristen Faith has redefined the way people see domestic violence. She has led thousands of survivors out of the darkness by creating a global platform to be heard and understood.

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Thriving after an abusive relationship, Kristen has used her experience to spark national dialogues about high-profile domestic violence cases and law reform. She recently served as an expert advocate for content featured on DomesticShelters.org, TIME, and New York Post to further the conversation of abuse beyond the cyber walls of social media.

Kristen Faith is more than a survivor with a story.
She survived to change the world.

Our Mission

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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 

Doris Rivera-Black

Secretary of the Board

Mark Terry

Board Treasurer

Misty Medders

Board Member

Letter from our Board President

Dear BTS Family,

I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to the eminent Break the Silence Board of Directors for having chosen and believing in me to head the team of this great organization that brings hope to survivors and families alike.

Friends, it is an absolute honor and privilege to stand before you on this graceful occasion and utter the most awaited words. Yes, I accept to be the President of the Board of Directors of Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence.

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

This is truly a moment to be honored and cherished. I accept this appointment with pride and will give my best efforts to make you proud to have selected me. With the grace of God and the cooperation of fellow members, this includes not only our Board of Directors and Executive Director but to every committee member, volunteer and donor, I will devote my time and energy to the obligations and duties of this post.

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 2019, it is my goal and prayer that we will have transformed these possibilities and opportunities into stories of success and triumph.

So again, thank you for selecting me and thank you for all your guidance as we drive our new BTS from here and letting you see the great things we do together.

– 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