BUSINESS / ORGANIZATION:
The Still Standing AllianceAtlanta, Georgia
ABOUT THE BUSINESS / ORGANIZATION:The Still Standing Alliance is a nonprofit organization that focuses on domestic violence advocacy, awareness, and prevention strategies. Under our advocacy umbrella, our goal is to influence decisions within the political arena that affect our domestic violence initiatives. The goal is to ensure that the laws and legislation protect victims, victim rights and other legislation dealing with violence against women. Under the awareness umbrella, we aim to increase understanding of the impact of domestic violence in the community through our community engagement initiatives, partnerships and awareness campaigns. And lastly, as a means to prevent domestic violence, we provide programs, resources, and educational tools that drive change: Teen dating violence workshops and curriculum, domestic violence training for churches, corporations, and community organizations.
Our mission is to bring awareness, advocate, and prevent domestic violence by intervening with educational and therapeutic resources. Through various trainings, workshops, and seminars, we inspire and teach advocates, victims, survivors, and community partners how to identify domestic violence, facilitate change, and restore healing.
Our vision is to create a society where violence against women is not tolerated. A society in which individuals, communities, institutions, and policymakers are all working together to increase awareness, eradicate domestic violence and foster an environment in which all survivors have access to resources needed to thrive after abuse.
What sets us apart from other organizations similar to ours is that everyone who is a part of our team has a direct connection to domestic violence. Either they are a survivor, witnessed it as a child, or they have been directly affected by it in some way. Statistics show that those with a direct connection to a cause are more passionate about creating change and therefore are more effective volunteers and workers.
THE STORY:I kinda fell into this line of work. Literally! It was my own experience with domestic violence that got me into this line of work. As a survivor of domestic violence, I know firsthand the need and issues that victims face. I understand how the laws affect victims and I know that our society is not educated on the topic. I almost lost my life in 2007, the day that I tried to leave my abuser. I had nowhere or no one to turn to. I don't want to see others go through what I went through as a victim. It's my responsibility to help, encourage and empower those who are going through what I survived. I launched the Still Standing Foundation because I wanted to bring awareness to domestic violence and also make sure that I was able to reach out to those other women, men, whoever else was going through it, to really let them know that they were not alone.
The journey wasn't easy, but it was worth it. What started out as a desire to give back has turned into paid speaking engagements, community partnerships, and media appearances. The Still Standing Alliance is one of the most sought-after organizations to teach and train the community on domestic violence. Our Survivor Empowerment Program has been named one of the top programs assisting with the personal and professional development of domestic violence survivors.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS / ACCOLADES / AWARDS:I've received many awards and recognitions over the years. But nothing compares to what I believe was one of my most significant accomplishments. Writing and publishing my first book back in 2014. Wounds to Wisdom... I'm Still Standing. It took me 3 years to write that book. I remember being nervous about releasing it because I didn't think I was good enough to write a book. I didn't think I had the right amount of education. I didn't think I was popular enough. I didn't think anyone would buy the book. But guess what? My book signing was packed to capacity. We sold out of books that day, and within 90 days, it hit the #1 spot on the Amazon bestseller list.
LOOKING BACK:If I could give my younger self a piece of advice it would be to always be true to yourself. There is no one on earth can do a better job of being you than you!
HEROES:My hero is my mother. One thing that she taught me was that no matter what you go through in life, get back up, dust yourself off and keep going. She taught me tenacity and to have the spirit of a finisher. Your destiny is tied to your finishing.
07 Jul Tamiko Lowry-Pugh
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