Breaking The Silence
Raj Holness founded Breaking the Silence in 2010 after she broke free from her own family after suffering years of abuse. For 9 years prior to 2010, Raj mentored and helped other women who were in the same situation.
What is Breaking the Silence?
Breaking the Silence (BTSUK) helps to raise awareness of domestic abuse, forced marriages, and human trafficking. Raj has had first hand experience of this abuse since the age of 6 years old and was led to believe it was a normal part of her culture. BTSUK has, in the last 3 years, created a training tool to help raise awareness of these issues and has hosted events to help celebrate with survivors.
Breaking the Silence wants to show that there is a support network available to all women who are suffering abuse, and show them that they can break free without being alone. BTSUK wants to help women move from being victims to victors and, consequently, support them with the tools to help them lead a successful life away from the cycle of abuse.
If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?
The money would go towards delivering and developing the Building from Broken Pieces project – a 6 month programme for survivors of domestic abuse, forced marriages and human trafficking.
The programme will be delivered in the form of drama therapy, discussion forums, counselling sessions, and other therapies. This will help women to deal with the experiences they have encountered and help them to develop their confidence to be able to move forward successfully with their lives.
The women are supported every step of the way by qualified staff and counsellors. At the end of the programme, an Evening of Honour will be hosted for the women to help celebrate their achievements, despite the traumas they have been through. The women will be encouraged to share their experiences, which will in turn offer encouragement to others. During the evening, attendees will also receive a goody bag and certificate for completing the programme.
BTSUK have also finally managed to secure a premises, where women can go to feel safe and the funding will also go towards these costs.
Cost of project
Where can people go to find out more about Breaking the Silence?
Raj Holness, Director and Founder
Tel: 0121 285 2277