It's through empowerment that we can help women heal and regain their self-esteem and self-confidence. Kelley Grimes, M.S.W., Director of Community Engagement with Leap to Success talks about how Leap to Success works to end domestic violence by empowering women to say no to abuse and to create healthy lives for themselves and their children. … [Read More...]
- 1 in 4 women is a victim of domestic violence
- 3 in 4 homeless women are victims of DV
- DV victims lose a total of 8 million days of paid work each year
- 15 million children witness DV each year
- Many women have lost everything and start over with nothing, except…
shame fear worthlessness hopelessness
But, there is hope.
We believe all women should be able to live abuse-free, in healthy relationships, empowered to reach their greatest potential.
After learning of the huge unmet need for domestic violence victims to build their self-confidence to avoid returning to abusive partners, Bristol-Smith gathered experts—therapists, coaches, and trainers—to create a leadership program which she initially launched as a volunteer project with 6 participants.
These women have subsequently taken their message out to the community and have spoken to over 5,000 others in homeless shelters, schools, and other organizations.
Changing The World
Our programs provide women with the tools and skills they need to regain confidence and rebuild their lives.
Women who have confidence are empowered to find jobs, start new businesses, and create healthy abuse-free lives for their children.
- poverty and homelessness
- violence at home and in our neighborhoods
- risk of violent behavior by children in adulthood
- costs to taxpayers for medical care, law enforcement, and lost wages…
…to ultimately create healthier, safer communities.
Imagine staring directly into someone’s eyes for 30 seconds. No, you can’t look away. Yes, you have to stay silent. How do you think it would make you feel? For many of us, it’d probably feel awkward and uncomfortable. It takes courage to do an exercise like this from our Leap to Confidence class. Without being able to break the tension with language or a quick glance to the side, we are left … [Read More...]
Building Confidence Step by Step When you are feeling confident, you can be on top of the world--you command the attention of every room you walk into, you can finish any task with ease and certainty in your skills, and you willingly attack any new challenge that comes your way with vigor. Who wouldn’t want to feel like that? But it can be hard to really keep that confidence intact at all … [Read More...]
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