Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Yaffa.
Jessica is a survivor of domestic violence. She has transformed a set of extremely traumatic circumstances into a triumphant story. Jessica is the co-founder and President of NoSilence NoViolence, Inc., a non-profit committed to providing education, training, resources, and community development in order to eliminate stigma surrounding relationship abuse and sexual assault, while creating awareness, shifting perspectives, and facilitating change around the way we talk about domestic violence, as well as addressing the needs of those affected by this epidemic. It was through her own experience of maneuvering through the guilt and shame attached to what she had endured that She became committed to changing the way issues pertaining to relationship violence are addressed in our country. She became determined to offer resources to those who were “falling through the cracks” while also focusing on working with young people who are struggling to find their sense of purpose and worth separate from relationship pressures. Today, Ms. Yaffa offers one-on-one coaching, workshops and presentations to military bases, large corporations, high school and college campuses, healthcare providers and sports institutions in order to ensure that we are collectively taking charge of what has been identified as a public health epidemic. NoSilence Noviolence, Jessica’s organization is run solely by volunteers and has served over 14,000 people since it’s inception in 2006.
Has it been a smooth road?
NO!!! The topic of domestic violence has been a taboo subject for many reasons. There have been many barriers along the way including having experienced the judgment of others as I began to share my story, in addition to lack of resources for those who come forward in their suffering as well as denial on behalf of some of our faith communities, school systems, military bases, and organizations. Our non-profit offers free education surrounding the topic of relationship abuse and yet we often have the door closed in our faces due to the amount of fear attached to a response being warranted once the problem is acknowledged.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the NoSilence NoViolence story. Tell us more about the business.
What makes our organization different is that we offer support and resources that are specific to both prevention and early intervention as well as providing resources to those who are in crisis as a result of domestic violence. This support is designed to be the “gap filler”, with our intention being to meet the needs that other state and/or federally funded organizations are unable to. In addition, we have no expectation or requirement for those we serve to have left their abusive relationship. Because we understand the complexity of a survivor’s circumstances, there is no agenda attached to what they are (or aren’t) ready to “do” pertaining to the relationship. We simply want to offer them an experience of healthy connection, compassion, and unconditional regard.
- Exploring Relationship Patterns Closed Women’s Group: $30/group
- Website: speakingoutnsnv.org and jessicayaffa.org
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @jessicayaffallc
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jessica-Yaffa-Nosilence-Noviolence-451734021515149/
- Twitter: JessicaYaffa
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/jessica-yaffa-san-diego-2?osq=Jessica+Yaffa