2012 Tara Woodlee lost her 20-year-old daughter, Ashleigh Lindsey, and her unborn granddaughter Patience Lynn to a brutal act of domestic violence that made national news. Tara Woodlee shares the raw truth about domestic violence and gives audiences the opportunity to learn about the impact abuse has on families generationally. Tara, also a survivor, describes the journey from victim to survivor and then the impact her story made on her family finding out thru the death of her child of a 100 year old history of this cycle of abuse within her family. This knowledge led her to found an organization in her child and grandchild’s honor called the Ashleigh’s Patience Project.
Through the pain, Tara has fought courts and is working to raise awareness and change laws not just across the nation but worldwide. Currently she is the President of the Board of Directors. Tara told Ashleigh’s story on Investigation’s Discovery Channel (Your Worst Nightmare) and was featured in an article in Cosmopolitan Magazine called Stop Calling It Domestic Violence It’s Intimate Terrorism, in the US. The U.K. shared her tragic loss in magazines untitled Pick Me Up and Full House. Lastly Ashleigh’s story is used in the Moving Forward resource that is to help young women identify the signs of domestic violence in their current or future relationships in Queensland Australia. Tara travels the country as a national speaker and Tara’s role in activism has been recognized through the Awarding of the Presidents Silver Service Award for volunteerism in 2018 & the Presidents Gold Service Award in 2019 & 2020.
Journey to BTSADV:
In August 2012 I connected with BTSADV after the death of my daughter Ashleigh and my granddaughter Patience Lynn to tell their stories to the public. Over the course of the next several years I volunteered at BTSADV through many of its volunteer programs. From speaking at sister retreats, too being a part of the social media team also doing guest blogging. I also was a part of Spearheading such programs for angel families including our Angel run & scholarships program. And was the creator of our angel family retreats. In July 2018 and became a member of the Board of Directors filling the secretary position and by September 2018 I became the BTSADV board president and currently fill that role.
On BTSADV's values:
BTSADV values to me are it’s future. A future without domestic violence no matter what gender or race or social status that you might exist in and knowing that there is a community out there willing to embrace you and share your story.
My passion is for not only families who have lost a loved one to domestic violence but to our sister survivors who need so much for people to just understand the things that they have gone through and to somehow offer hope that even in the mist of the worst possible abuse a person could survive and thrive.
After many years of working in the corporate world and for nonprofits I began my soul journey in 2012 to end the domestic violence that took my daughter and unborn granddaughter‘s lives. From my home in Texas I travel the country speaking out and have done international speaking as well. But when I’m home I’m simply just a grandma to five beautiful granddaughters. Granddaughters that I am determined to raise and break the cycle of the generational violence my family has endured.
How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” — Winnie the Pooh