Speak Your Peace Domestic Violence Anthology
By Jodine Basterash
“When you stand and share your story in an empowering way, your story will
heal you and your story will heal somebody else.”
― Iyanla Vanzant
Domestic violence doesn’t just happen “out there” somewhere. It happens in our city, in our neighborhood, and on our street. It happens to men and women we see at work, the grocery store, the movie theater, and the PTO board meeting. For too long, it has been like a hidden taboo where it is not discussed and society believes, "what goes on in our household, stays in our household. It's nobody's business." When in reality, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS YOUR BUSINESS!
This special volume of Speak Your Peace will be the first of many as we enter the world of poetry and survivor testimonies regarding domestic violence. This series will involve a variety of people who have been affected by domestic violence and attack issues from a child to adulthood. The compilation of survivor stories are from those who have encountered domestic violence as a witness, victim or perpetrator.
We hope that anyone who is dealing with this issue can find themselves in this book and find hope and healing. It is my wish to awaken anyone who will listen to the responsibility we all have to speak for those who do not have a voice. When you stand and share your story in an empowering way, your story will heal you and help someone else.
It doesn't matter where you've been or what you've done, or what's happened to you. God has big plans for your life. He wants to make you a living testament of His power to the world. God saved you and has a purpose for your life.
Each of us has something beautiful about us, even if it is hidden. Like jewels, we have different kinds of inner and outer beauty which come from within the stone that captures and reflects light. The challenge for many of us is our inability to recognize and define our own beauty, endurance, and rarity. My mission is to help others find their voice and remove the mask by giving them empowerment and support as they "speak their peace" sharing their story from being a Victim....to a SURVIVOR!
“When you stand and share your story in an empowering way, your story will heal you and your story will heal somebody else.”
― Iyanla Vanzant