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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.


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Committed to the Cause

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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.

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Activities

Making A Difference

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Services

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.

SERVICES

Safety Planning

Mentoring Program

Children's Program

Community Advocacy

Community Education

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.

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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.

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Volunteer Opportunities


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 feat, 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.

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Group Bonding

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.

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RESOURCES

National Resources

RESOURCES FOR VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE


NATIONAL CRISIS ORGANIZATIONS AND ASSISTANCE:


The National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)
www.ndvh.org



National Dating Abuse Helpline
1-866-331-9474
www.loveisrespect.org



Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center
International Toll-Free (24/7)
1-866-USWOMEN (879-6636)
www.866uswomen.org



National Child Abuse Hotline/Childhelp
1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)
www.childhelp.org



National Sexual Assault Hotline
1-800-656-4673 (HOPE)
www.rainn.org



National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org



National Center for Victims of Crime
1-202-467-8700
www.victimsofcrime.org



National Human Trafficking Resource Center/Polaris Project
Call: 1-888-373-7888 | Text: HELP to BeFree (233733)
www.polarisproject.org



National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
1-510-465-1984
www.nnirr.org



National Coalition for the Homeless
1-202-737-6444
www.nationalhomeless.org



National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
1-800-537-2238
www.nrcdv.org and www.vawnet.org




Futures Without Violence: The National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence
1-888-792-2873
www.futureswithoutviolence.org



National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health
1-312-726-7020 ext. 2011
www.nationalcenterdvtraumamh.org


National Alliance on Mental Illness 

414-344-0447

http://www.namigrm.org/






CHILDREN


Childhelp USA/National Child Abuse Hotline
1-800-422-4453
www.childhelpusa.org



Children’s Defense Fund
202-628-8787
www.childrensdefense.org



Child Welfare League of America
202-638-2952
www.cwla.org



TEENS
Love is respect
Hotline: 1-866-331-9474
www.loveisrespect.org



Break the Cycle
202-824-0707
www.breakthecycle.org


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Survivor’s Journey to Peace Response to COVID19/Coronavirus 

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:
https://www.thehotline.org/2020/03/13/staying-safe-during-covid-19/

State of Wisconsinwww.dhs.wisconsin.gov/outbreaks/index.html
 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (national)www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html                            orwww.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html
World Health Organizationwww.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

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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 Survivorsjourneytopeac@gmail.com



     

     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: 

(414) 716-6262 or (262) 444-1661 

for information, pricing, & schedules.


11414 W Park Place Ave Suite 202 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53224

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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!!

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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 Survivorsjourneytopeace@gmail.com or 414.716.6262

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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:
https://www.eventbrite.com/o/survivors-journey-to-peace-18349471426

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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.

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Back to School Supply Giveaway and Community Resource Fair 

August 31, 2019

4-6pm

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!

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SJTP Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil

October 1, 2019

6-7:30pm

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.

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Community Panel Discussion 

December 8, 2019

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20/20 Vision Board Party

December 1, 2019


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The Intersection Between Children|Mental Health|Covid-19 Panel Discussion 

September 10, 2020


Join Us! 


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, 

▫️Sandy Malone/Educator

▫️Sandy Smith/Founder-CEO

▫️ Kristin Bell/Student Entrepreneur

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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.💜

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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!💜

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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!

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Survivor's Journey to Peace Holiday Toy Drive

Through 12/19/2020

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

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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. 


Click link to Register for Free Event ⤵️
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/139054476683

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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.ZoomMeetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/81825861879?pwd=S2hNamtHUnhWRWVyT0YzSWZzYnNmQT09
Meeting ID: 818 2586 1879Passcode: 019028

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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 health@futureswithouviolence.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:

      1-800-799-7233 

      and through 

      chat

      .

    • The National Sexual Assault Hotline is 24/7, confidential and free:

      800.656.HOPE (4673) 

      and through 

      chat

      .

    • The 

      StrongHearts Native Helpline

       for domestic/sexual violence is available 7am-10pm CT, confidential, and specifically for Native communities:

      1−844-762-8483

    • The 

      Trans LifeLine

       for peer support for trans folks 9am-3am CT:

      1-877-565-8860 

      This hotline is staffed exclusively by trans operators is the only crisis line with a policy against non-consensual active rescue.

    • National Parent Helpline

       Monday -Friday 12pm-9am CT emotional support and advocacy for parents:

      1-855-2736


  • Sheltering in Place

    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 

      pod mapping worksheet

       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:

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:

Remote Workplace and Technology Resources

Shelter Care and Homelessness

Community Care:

Protecting Immigrant Families:

Financial Relief for Vulnerable Communities:

Additional Resources