History

History

One Voice to Break The Silence for All

We started as a grass-roots organization almost 10 years ago. Today, we’re a worldwide organization that has become the international voice against domestic violence.

2011

One Survivor Shares Her Story

BTSADV was founded in 2011 when Kristen Paruginog, a survivor of domestic violence, shared her story on social media. This opened the floodgates for other survivors to feel empowered enough to speak up and share their stories as well.

2012

We Become a Non-Profit

It soon became clear that there was a need for an organization focused on survivor support. Our 501(c)3 was officially filed in 2012, making us Break The Silence Against Domestic Violence Inc.

2013

Opening of Program and Services

Programs and services were opened to survivors of domestic violence by 2013.

2014

Support Quadrupled

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.

2016

Top Nonprofit on Social Media

Just a few short 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 search week.

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2021

A New Direction

BTSADV committed to moving forward in a new and brighter direction. We are moving from surviving to thriving as we continue to serve survivors and families of all genders, gender identities, ethnicities, and faiths. 

Read the 2021 message from our executive director.