In 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 for a National Domestic Violence Organization called Break The Silence Against Domestic Violence. 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 Award for volunteerism in 2018.
“I believe, a person is put into the world, soul into body, in order to accomplish a unique mission, a mission that only he or she can accomplish. Each of us gets a lifetime to accomplish our mission. The day of a person’s passing means that one special task here has been completed. That person’s specific job has been done. My mission is to survive and save as many as I can using our families story. The mission ends when I’m with Ashleigh again.”
- Generational Abuse
- High School
- Religious Abuse