Born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Valerie L. Brown was raised in a two parent Christian home and was taught to have great core values and a belief in God. Over two decades ago, Valerie worked for a domestic violence shelter where she answered hotline calls, volunteered and performed intake activities. She saw first-hand the extent of what domestic violence looked like. Her heart became very heavy when conducting intake and most of the times, she wept for the battered women. Having had the experience working at a domestic violence shelter or 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 she was involved in.
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. Through the very grace of God, Valerie has certainly come a long way and realizes her worth now better than ever before. 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 experience, pray for the individuals that caused me harm and reach back to help others who are survivors too. My greatest purpose in life that I have been chosen for is to reach survivors and help them be free - both physically and emotionally”.
Valerie has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s of Science degree in Transformative Leadership. 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.
Valerie L. Brown, MSc, CHC, CCEP
Founder & CEO