Valerie L. Brown was raised in a two parent Christian home and was taught to have great core values and a belief in God. Having a wholesome background and belief in God did not however, eliminate her from the plague that many women face today, domestic violence. Although she never witnessed any form of abuse in her home growing up, she experienced domestic violence in two previous relationships. Forming this organization has empowered Valerie to finally break her silence. She kept her abuse a secret because she was ashamed and was fearful of the outcome. She has birthed this organization through her very own experiences that she believes will help those that are in the shoes she once wore. From domestic volence to loss of children and even having thoughts of suicide, Valerie has come a long way and gives all praises to God for catapulting her pain to her purpose.
When asked what made her break her silence and come forth to tell her story, she exclaimed, “I am no longer a victim, I am a survivor. A victim holds on to the hurt, is ashamed and sometimes seeks revenge. Now as a survivor, I am able to thank God for the experiences, pray for the individuals that caused me harm and reach back to help others become survivors too. We may not be responsible for the hurt that an individul has caused us but we are responsible for our healing."
Valerie received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from American Inter Continental University, a Master’s of Science degree in Transformative Leadership from Bethune-Cookman University and is a certified Life Coach. Valerie is also Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) and is a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP). Having twenty years of experience in Healthcare Administration, Valerie is currently employed by a healthcare organization where she serves as the Ethics & Compliance Officer.
She is a survivor, she is free and she is no longer silent. Coupled with her experiences, background, education and her will to survive, will not only enable this organization to thrive, but allow other survivors to thrive as well.
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Lady Be Free Resource Center for Women, Inc.