Survivor's Journey to Peace
Survivor's Journey to Peace is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) that empowers survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault to transform their lives, while striving to change the beliefs and behaviors that foster and perpetuate violence. We provide comprehensive services to individuals and families, community education, and advocacy on systems and policy issues.
Who We Are
A Distinct Identity
Survivor's Journey to Peace is committed to excellence in all the work we do to end violence in the community. We are invested in working with survivors to recognize their own power while bringing our whole selves to the daily work and to the movement. Survivors’ experiences are paramount in shaping our daily work as reflected by our policies, practices, and programs. Here at Survivor's Journey to Peace, we are driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the world a better place for all. We strive to build productive relationships and make a positive impact with all of our pursuits.
2019 Survivor's Journey to Peace, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity under the Internal Revenue Code.
All contributions to Survivor's Journey to Peace, Inc. are tax deductible.
Sandy Smith Founder/CEO
Survivor's Journey to Peace is established, managed and headed by the founder; Sandy Smith who is an industry renowned professional with passionate interest in creating a healthy community that is free of violence and championed by love!
Our Founder – Sandy Smith
With the statistical figure of domestic violence continuously on the increase; the founder of Survivor's Journey to Peace – Sandy Smith add-up to the statistics as a victim. A call to action functionality that led to the establishment of this platform.
Sandy Smith is a survivor of domestic violence and her unique intention to be a solution provider to the eradication of this malice from the society led to the establishment of this organization. In November 2018, Sandy Smith was featured on Domestic Violence Awareness Month and as part of her inner healing on her journey to fulfilment, she was compelled to share her story.
Making A Difference
Reinforcing our Commitment
With this initiative, our goal is to promote a violence free community and opportunities for those in need. With access to the right resources, survivor's can become empowered by their own abilities and gain the confidence to fulfill their potential. Learn more about our work by getting in touch with our team today.
Counseling & Support Groups
Shealter & Housing Referrals
Employment & Career Services
Court Advocacy & Legal Assistance
Each facet of Survivor's Journey to Peace is another avenue through which we can address the issue of violence in our society—and another opportunity through which we can stop destructive cycles.
Domestic Violence Awareness
Don’t Be Silent End Domestic Violence
With our organization’s mission always in mind, we strive to find new strategies for dealing with life's challenges. Domestic Violence Outreach is something that we take very seriously, and our team is working each and every day to make a positive impact. Contact us to learn more about our commitment to this cause.
Domestic abuse can take many forms, including physical violence, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, intimidation, economic deprivation and the threat of violence.
The abuse is typically progressive;
Often, emotional and psychological abuse is a precursor to violent and criminal forms.
Domestic violence and abuse do not discriminate, it occurs in all cultures;
People of all races, ethnic groups, religions, genders and classes can be the perpetrators or victims of this violence.
Volunteer Opportunities are Available for Advocates, Fundraisers, Event Planners & Program Facilitators, & Grant Writers
Email your interest to start the registration process Today!💜
At Survivor's Journey to Peace, we are dedicated to stepping up our efforts in addressing this domestic violence is by no means an easy job but through cooperation and community empowerment we believe we can facilitate progress in this area. We are always striving to make a difference, and invite you to learn more and lend your support.
Level UP Mentoring Program
Level Up mentoring program organization’s mission always in mind, we strive to find new and innovative strategies to connect mentors and mentees together to form an accoutability partnership. Mentoring is something that we take very seriously, and our team is working each and every day to make a positive impact. Contact us to learn more about our commitment to this cause.
RESOURCES FOR VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
NATIONAL CRISIS ORGANIZATIONS AND ASSISTANCE:
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
National Dating Abuse Helpline
Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center
International Toll-Free (24/7)
National Child Abuse Hotline/Childhelp
National Sexual Assault Hotline
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
National Center for Victims of Crime
National Human Trafficking Resource Center/Polaris Project
Call: 1-888-373-7888 | Text: HELP to BeFree (233733)
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
National Coalition for the Homeless
Futures Without Violence: The National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence
National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health
1-312-726-7020 ext. 2011
Childhelp USA/National Child Abuse Hotline
Children’s Defense Fund
Child Welfare League of America
Love is respect
Break the Cycle
Survivor’s Journey to Peace Response to COVID19/Coronavirus
In response to COVID19/Coronavirus Pandemic SJTP offices will be closed until further notice. However, we can be reached via phone and/or email our website provides local, state, and national resources for domestic violence and sexual assault victims. Nonetheless, if you are experiencing a life threatening emergency please call 911. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24/7/365 at 800-799-SAFE(7233)
Additional Resources on COVID-19 / Corona Virus:
State of Wisconsin
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (national) or
World Health Organization
SJTP Domestic Violence Workshops
Virtual/In-Person Domestic Violence Workshops
Survivor’s Journey to Peace Domestic Violence Workshops
What is domestic violence? What are the dynamics of abuse? How are our perceptions about the issue shaped and then at times made rigid by the media and our personal experiences? In addition to basic definitions, this workshop explores the deeper underpinnings of intimate partner violence and our role as a community to address this epidemic.
SJTP provides educational presentations virtual/in-person throughout the community in order to raise awareness about domestic violence in a social justice framework to help change the beliefs and practices that allow violence to happen. SJTP staff members are available to give presentations to community groups and organizations throughout the USA including businesses, schools, colleges/Universities, student groups, faith based organizations, fellowships, and social service agencies.
For more information about our domestic violence, trauma & resilience programs, trainings, and workshop series, and speaker engagements contact: Sandy Smith
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WORKSHOPS
According to the FBI, a woman is battered every 15-18 seconds and approximately 1/3 of females murder victims are killed by their husband, boyfriend or intimate partner in the United States.
Domestic violence occurs in an estimated 4 million intimate partner relationships each year in the United States and it has been reported that domestic violence causes more injury to women than cancer, heart attack, or stroke.
Contact our office today at:
(262) 444-1661 for information, pricing, and schedules.
11414 W Park Place Ave Suite 202
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53224
News & Views
A Day Just For You
April 13, 2019
Survivor's Journey to Peace will be hosting a resource booth at Salvation Armys A DAY JUST FOR YOU come and connect with us and many other organizations at this free event. Hope to see you there!!
Survivor's Journey to Peace Healing Circle
Every 4th Monday
SJTP for our free, confidential, and safe support group open to anyone affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. Come get healing, support, and compassion to help rebuild, restore, and transform your life after abuse. Must register prior to attending or 414.716.6262
Survivor's Journey to Peace 2nd Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Event "Unmasking The Truth"
Saturday October 12, 2019
I'm excited to announce that Senator Lena C. Taylor will be the keynote speaker at Survivor's Journey to Peace 2nd Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Fundraising Event Unmasking The Truth. Not only will survivors be restored and transformed, they will also be empowered and inspired to walk boldly into their destiny.
100% of All Funds collected will go to Survivor's Journey to Peace (501(c)(3) programs to help survivors of domestic violence/ sexual assault in dangerous situations receive assistance to rebuild, restore, and transform their lives. Tickets/Donations/Sponsorship Opportunities Are Available By Clicking The Link Below:
SJTP Saving Innocence Human Trafficking Awareness
January 26, 2019
Human Trafficking is a heinous form of slavery in this world. Traffickers manipulate victims by force, coercion to control victims to commit acts against their will. The two most severe forms of human Trafficking is sex trafficking and labor trafficking. Join Survivor's Journey to Peace for this Free Event as we bring awareness to the community regarding this heinous crime.
Back to School Supply Giveaway and Community Resource Fair
August 31, 2019
Join us for food,fun, entertainment, facepainting, free haircuts and hairbraiding, for our 1st annual School Supply Giveaway and Community Resource Fair. Community resource partners include The City of Milwaukee, Susan G Komen, Level UP Mentoring, Wrap Around Program, Milwaukee Fire Department and many more!
SJTP Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil
October 1, 2019
In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month SJTP invites to attend their annual candlelight vigil. To remember those who lost their life, empower Survivor's and provide hope to the future.
Please join us as we stand in solidarity with the community to show support for survivor's and victims of Domestic Violence as we commerate and remember those who lost their lives, empower survivor's, and support families and the millions of lives shaken by abuse.
Community Panel Discussion
December 8, 2019
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20/20 Vision Board Party
December 1, 2019
The Intersection Between Children|Mental Health|Covid-19 Panel Discussion
September 10, 2020
We will discuss parenting during the Covid-19 pandemic. Apart from the health implications, Covid-19 brings uncertainty it brings fear and anxiety. How can parents safeguard their children’s mental health this time? Let’s get some insight and perspective from some of the finest minds in these fields:
▫️Dr. Taj Marie Hunter,
▫️ Kristin Bell/Student Entrepreneur
Survivor’s Journey to Peace 3rd Annual Global Domestic Violence Summit
October 17, 2020
Join Us Free Virtual Event!
Survivor’s Journey to Peace 3rd Annual Global Domestic Violence Summit has an amazing line up is survivor’s from around the world whose coming together in solidarity to bring awareness to domestic violence.
Our panel of phenomenal speakers will share their testimonies of their journey from being victims to not only soaring but thriving as survivors. We will memorialize those who lost their lives to DV, empower victims, and celebrate survivors.
You do not want to miss this powerful life transforming event.💜
TEXT-TO-GIVE Join Our Mission To Provide Hope to Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Survivors
WE NEED YOUR HELP
Text-to-Give allows you to help us provide resources and services to domestic violence and sexual assault survivors.
Yes with just one click you can donate any dollar amount to partner with us and allow Survivor’s Journey to Peace to continue to provides housing resources, workshops, outreach and education to the community, schools, organizations, & employers in an effort to end domestic abuse.
Text “Peace” to Give Any Dollar Amount 414.240.4868
Thanks in advance for your Donations!💜
Revive to Thrive Virtual Exercise Challenge
February 4-24, 2021
Join Us!! Be prepared to renew your mind. body, and soul with SJTP Revive to Thrive workout challenge. Weekly Thursday’s. New classes forming often call to register today!
Survivor's Journey to Peace Holiday Toy Drive
We Need Your Help!! This has been a challenging year of uncertainties. Your support is needed to make the holiday brighter for deserving families affected by domestic/family violence. Please donate bring new toys, gifts, gift cards, and clothing for newborn-teens.
Monetary donations also accepted via cash app $SurvivorsJourney, Text “PEACE” to donate 414.240.4868, or online https://survivor-s-journey-to-peace.snwbll.com/giving-portal
Thanks in advance for being a blessing to deservant families. 🎄💜🎄💜
Drop off location: First Citizens Bank 4000 West Brown Deer RoadMilwaukee, WI 53209 Monday-Friday 9-5pm
Human Trafficking Awareness Event “The Real Truth”
February 9, 2021
It is estimated that there are 1.5 million human trafficking victims in the United States. The Human Trafficking Institute recently ranked Wisconsin as sixth in the nation for human trafficking cases. This report is just the latest in a long line of studies that determined that the Badger State, and Milwaukee in particular, is a hotspot of human trafficking. Children and youth estimated to be at risk, with the average entry age of 11-16 years old.
About the Event:
Human trafficking is a pervasive crime, occurring in our homes and neighborhoods, its signs and symptoms often unrecognized. Please join us on February 9, 2021 7pm cst as we come together to strengthen our community response to victims and survivors of human trafficking.
This event will include a panel of experts and survivors from communities throughout the United States to answer questions and concerns regarding the issue of human trafficking in our community.
The Gathering of Voices Sexual Assault Violence Panel Discussion
April 29, 3021
LET’S TALK!!!!! Join The Gathering Voices Sexual Violence Panel Discussion. Topics include sexual assault regarding Children/Military/Consent/Dating/Demin Day.ZoomMeeting
Meeting ID: 818 2586 1879Passcode: 019028
Survivor’s Journey to Peace COVID19/Coronavirus Information & Resources
INFORMATION ON COVID-19 FOR SURVIVORS, COMMUNITIES, AND DV/SA PROGRAMS
People who are surviving violence in their relationships and families may be experiencing increased isolation and danger caused by social distancing measures during the Coronavirus pandemic. Survivors often have specific needs around safety, health and confidentiality. We also realize that people who are already more vulnerable to economic and health insecurity are facing additional challenges during this unprecedented time. We have compiled resources and tools for more vulnerable members of our communities and care providers, who are working tirelessly to respond in ways that are safe and supportive for all.
We are updating these resources continuously. If you have information to share, please contact the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence at firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “COVID19 Resource.”
Resources for Survivors:
Remember that you are not alone and supports remain available to you
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 24/7, confidential and free:
The National Sexual Assault Hotline is 24/7, confidential and free:
for domestic/sexual violence is available 7am-10pm CT, confidential, and specifically for Native communities:
for peer support for trans folks 9am-3am CT:
This hotline is staffed exclusively by trans operators is the only crisis line with a policy against non-consensual active rescue.
Monday -Friday 12pm-9am CT emotional support and advocacy for parents:
recommendations or restrictions may create additional difficulties and risks for survivors. If authorities call for “shelter in place” in your area, are there other friends or family you could stay with during this time? Consider reaching out to these people to make a plan:
Consider reaching out to a trusted friend, co-worker, or family member who could check in with you about your safety and support needs. If you need help identifying support people in your life, take a look at the
from the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective.
Are you connected with close friends or family members of the person who is hurting you? Are they aware of what is happening or are they a safe person to reach out to? Consider connecting with them now in case you need someone to help you in an emergency.
Safety Plans and Self-Care:
from the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
by the Harm Reduction Coalition
from Multnomah County
from StreetSheet (some CA specific info)
from the Administration for Community Living
(some CA specific info)
Resources for Domestic and Sexual Violence Advocacy Organizations:
Plan with program staff and community partners for how you will continue to provide essential services and meet the needs of vulnerable populations. The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) and others national groups have compiled additional resources:
from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
from the National Resource Center for Reaching Victims – Vera Institute of Justice
from House of Ruth Maryland
from the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence
from the National Network for Youth
from the Full Frame Initiative
Remote Workplace and Technology Resources
(find additional related resources in NNEDV’s
Shelter Care and Homelessness
from the National Alliance to End Homelessness
from the HUD Exchange for Homeless Assistance Providers
Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV)
Information about How Disasters can Impact Survivors and Ways to Respond to Survivors and Staff: “Understanding the
Impact of Hurricane Harvey on Family Violence Survivors in Texas and Those Who Serve Them”
from the National Health Care for the Homeless Council
– Guidelines for caring for ill children and having parents identify caregivers, if they are ill.
– Schoolhouse Connection
Social distancing does not have to lead to social isolation. We can take care of each other in this crisis and reach out to loved ones, friends, neighbors and colleagues to see if they have the care and support they need, and if they feel safe at home. Here are some ways to do that:
from the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Are you close with someone who you know or suspect may be hurting or controlling their partner or a family member, and feeling more stress while in close quarters? Can you reach to be a resource for de-escalation, stress regulation, and listening? (without colluding in the violent or harmful behavior)
Consider sending a message like this: “ I know things feel scary and stressful right now. Could we talk on the phone sometime later today so we can support each other and check in?”
from Healing Justice Podcast
from Positive Women’s Network
by Susan Raffo
By Maryse Mitchell-Brody
Protecting Immigrant Families:
Financial Relief for Vulnerable Communities:
organized by The National Domestic Workers Alliance.
organized by Amita Swadhin