Going through tough times has a way of exposing hidden treasures.
~ Jodine Basterash
Let Go of Whatever
~ Jodine Basterash
You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.
~ Maya Angelou
You can’t change your past, but you can design your future.
Jodine Basterash is one of many hats. She is a domestic violence survivor, speaker, advocate, author, model and actress. As a survivor she understands the vicious cycle and impact of domestic violence and is a firm believer that we have the power within ourselves to rise above our past and create the life we choose. Her story is proof that it’s never too late for a new beginning. Jodine has developed an expertise on domestic and dating abuse not only through numerous trainings & certifications, but through her personal experiences of being a victim for 14 years. By using tact and compelling stories of real-life examples, Jodine provides insight, strength, encouragement, and hope.
Jodine has been a rebellious teen, a single mother, a wife, a divorcee and, above all, a woman of unique courage. Acquainted early in life with turmoil, Jodine's circumstances shaped her perspective and strengthened her to overcome the challenges she would encounter later in life. She has endured lack of self identity, low self esteem, multiple rapes, rejection, growing up fatherless and abuse, yet today her faith and compassion for others are stronger than ever.
Ms. Basterash is a Board Member with the Metropolitan Chicago Battered Womens Network who services 75+ domestic violence agencies in IL and sits on the Survivors Leadership Advisory Council Board for three domestic violence organizations. She is in great demand speaking and advocating in various arenas sharing her life story and bringing awareness. She has spoken at two press conferences regarding domestic violence with the Governor of Wisconsin and at the Department of Justice Annual Training Conferences with attendees ranging from law enforcement, FBI, judiciary, attorneys, educators, licensed social workers, therapists and counselors, as well as advocates. Jodine encourages victims to know that they have a voice and teaches audiences to recognize and acknowledge the signs of domestic violence and intervention as well as prevention methods in order to avoid unhealthy relationships and generational curses within their families. She knows from personal experience with her children how domestic violence affects everyone.
This charismatic speaker has appeared on numerous radio and television interviews and been featured in the local newspapers. She is the founder of Speak Your Peace, a grassroots social events and social media advocacy organization committed to reducing the rates of intimate partner abuse in our communities. With her creative non-traditional approach, she shares ways that individuals and communities can do more to end violence and promote healthy relationships. This initiative also holds annual events allowing survivors to share their own personal story of abuse intertwined with live entertainment, poets and dancing. Even as her emotionally moving segment opens the show, it was her words of encouragement to victims and struggling survivors that closes it. In her mission to bring awareness, Jodine has authored two books, Your Ruby’s Worth and Speak Your Peace Domestic Violence Anthology.
As a growing renowned advocate for domestic violence awareness, Jodine has achieved extraordinary success in numerous arenas including awards and recognitions for her courage and determination to educate the public regarding domestic violence. She was one of eleven people in the entire state of Wisconsin selected to attend in a year long domestic violence awareness leadership academy. Whether addressing a secular audience or being asked to speak to a faith-based group, Jodine always aligns her presentation to the needs of the particular venue in her unique manner. She is deeply passionate about domestic violence awareness and is a compelling, inspiring speaker whose hope and transparency shines through every presentation. She shares a dynamic message of having the courage to shine through adversity and the unlimited power of choice in our lives. She has been sought out as a positive example of how we do not have to be products of our circumstances. She is a firm believer that we have the power within ourselves to rise above our past and create the life we choose. Her story is proof that it's never too late for a new beginning.