A Young Person’s Response to Our Organization

By Guest Blogger, Sarah Lizee- I live in the beautiful state of Washington, where I coach two competitive volleyball teams year-round, stay in good shape and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Reading and writing is where my heart lies, anything from poetry to short stories. 

I was drawn to your website not because I can relate to it myself, but because I know people around me who can. When I saw Healing Voices, I thought that maybe this would be a good way for me to help somehow, rather than just sit back and do nothing.

Because I’ve never experienced a relationship that consisted of any kind of abuse, the words “domestic violence” haven’t crossed my mind often. It hadn’t occurred to me that so many people were affected by such a horrible thing, until I ran into this site. Not only have I been given knowledge about the facts and statistics, but I was able to hear the account of a survivor. “Peggy’s Story” was filled with emotion, at one point even bringing me to tears. Her struggle was heartbreaking, but her path to recovery was truly inspirational. The film is a perfect example of how strong victims of domestic violence are, and how important it is to take the correct steps toward becoming safe, and experiencing freedom.

After being so moved by what Healing Voices has done, I’ve realized how important it is to arm one’s self with knowledge, and to share it with the public.

Healing Voices is an organization that is doing just what their mission promises: raising public awareness of women striving to overcome abuse. What better way to educate the world than through films featuring people that the public can truly relate to? By sharing the stories of domestic violence survivors, victims can overcome their current situations, and the rest of us can find ways to support the cause. And that is a beautiful thing.


About JoAnne Tucker

JoAnne Tucker is the President of Healing Voices - Personal Stories, a non-profit organization with the mission of raising public awareness of women's strivings to overcome abusive trauma through the creation and distribution of film and video. I also write a blog called Mostly Dance which shares my experiences directing a modern dance company for over 30 years and other related topics.
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