Activism In 2010, I wanted to bring my story writing skills to trauma survivors. This lead to my state certification in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Training with the Center for Pacific Asian Family. I’ve volunteered on CPAF’s hotline, at their shelter, conducted story-telling workshops for survivors and advocates and spoken publicly on these issues. Don’t ever underestimate the power of your voice and story. I grew up in a domestic violence household and as a result, I personally understand the effects of trauma and post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD. My parents were also exposed to similar conditions in their youth. They too are also survivors. This is a cause that is very near and dear to me because of the cyclical effects DV has on children and their children, should they choose to have children. Now that I’m a parent, abuse and trauma inflicted on children in unstable homes is something I hope to help shed a light on. Abuse comes in so many forms. Silencing you is one of them. The Arts saved my life during a time where I did not have a voice. Helping give survivors a voice to their stories is one path towards healing. Raising awareness Raising awareness, while it sounds obvious, is actually a giant step towards eradicating this epidemic. People don’t talk about DV/SA and they underestimate its impact, which has long term effects over generations of families. Violence and abuse in our homes is actually where many of our societal problems begin. If we start there, we can begin to experience a societal shift towards wholeness. “I’m committed to helping survivors tell their stories.” Now that I’ve been on both sides of the hotline, I know how much courage it takes to reach out. If you’d like to learn more about CPAF or need help as a survivor, call their hotline 1-800-339-3940. National Domestic Violence Hotline 1 800 799 SAFE (7233) A great resource for parents and educators is Echo Parenting.