The FACE MY ABUSE (FMA) mission is to lend support and resources to the increasing number of victims of intimate partner violence and their families. Offering a safe space in to shift from victim to survivor and break generational cycles, FMA is powered by volunteers who are committed to making a difference in the lives of families and in their community. FMA serves as support, inspiration and guidance while providing resources, events, workshops, and tools necessary to understand and recognize violent behaviors and build self esteem. Our strength is further forged by alignment with similar organizations, community leaders, law enforcers and city/state representatives to raise awareness and promote prevention. At FMA, we strongly believe that the involvement of the wider community is key to combating domestic violence.
It is estimated that domestic violence costed the USA an estimated $8.3 billion annually in lost time, healthcare and productivity considering it a national epidemic. Research shows that there is a limited number of domestic violence shelter programs across the country and not only are thousands of survivors and their children turned away annually due to lack of space or limited resources but more importantly, survivors turn to shelter programs as a last resort. Collective living with strangers leaves little to no privacy and the restrictions of such living conditions are often traumatic and counterproductive to the sense of security being sought. Victims tend to find security residing in a supportive familiar environment with family and friends and visiting facilities to attend classes and/or individual/group meetings for training and resources. We believe that on-call organizations like FACE MY ABUSE is best positioned to provide remote/mobile assistance in support of the social change necessary to prevent and confront domestic violence.
FACE MY ABUSE caters to the overall wellness of the mind and body. In collaboration with survivors, local shelters, counselors, women’s organizations and law enforcement, we conduct outreach and training via one on one support, group meetings, meditation and yoga as well as digital support forums. The hosting of four (4) annual events brings together our supporters and survivors to honor and validate achievements while showcasing the latest available resources. As part of our ongoing initiative, we host several intimate events which includes but not limited to make overs/spa day, entrepreneurship consultation, relationship building skills workshops and life skills building forums. Our training expands beyond the victims and their families understanding that the intervention of neighbors and the wider community is essential to the sustainability of the programs focused on recognizing myriad of abusive behaviors, symptoms, its impact and safe intervention.
Our aim is to open FACE MY ABUSE (FMA) wellness centers in underserved communities. We have identified the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York as our first location. In addition to the above mentioned training and workshops, FMA wellness center’s comprehensive approach will address each form of domestic abuse by implementing direct effective strategies designed to meet individual needs. To expound upon our mission, we will align with medical professionals to afford free healthcare services from short and long term therapy to cosmetics surgery for the correction of injuries; to combat financial abuse, in partnership with a financial institution, we will offer consultation and monitoring; in partnership with local gyms, we will offer self defense classes and relationship building counselors will be engaged to provide life skill training.
Face My Abuse Testimonials
Jackie you are amazing and continue to inspire me on so many levels. I can’t thank you enough! –Mialeeka Williams
As, I now enter in to 2011 and reflect back on 2010, I see where in some areas I needed a lot of growing up and in afew areas I evolved quite a bit… One thing is for sure I have to say thank you Ms. Jackie for the opportunity to post my thoughts in a way that I can obtain feedback and appreciation for my written word… I enjoy writing some much that one might say its too much lol… Writing is a medium for which I can express my thoughts and my words can have an opportunity to come alive and be felt in peoples lives. I often find individuals that can relate .. Sooo I say thank you for this page it has assisted me in some ways …I still have a couple of things that I need to improve on but hey who doesn’t
Thanx Mauh and may all your dreams come true -Roxanne Deshong, Brooklyn New York City
Jacqueline, I can’t began to thank you enough for opening my eyes to new doors and such a clear vision in to my life journey.Thank you so much, you have really changed my life completely. -Rena Wilson, Long Island City
MS. ROWE WHAT OTHER PERSON TO GIVE BETTER ADVICE BUT A PERSON WHO HAS SEEN IT ALL..DONE IT ALL..AND LIVED IT ALL..ONE SHOULD KNOW THAT A PERSON SUCH AS YOURSELF IS A GREAT PERSON WHO WILL INSPIRE MANY OTHERS TO WANT TO DO ALL OF THE ABOVE AND EVEN BEYOND….ALWAYS POSITIVE AN STRIVING FOR MORE…THAT IS A GREAT ROLE MODEL..I APPRECIATE YOU FOR LISTENING AND GIVING THE GREAT ADVICE THAT YOU ALWAYS DO…LOVE ALWAYS.
Thank you –
Sadio Simmonds, Miami FL..
UR AN AMAZING LADY MS ROWE I’M HONORED.AS I AM BLESS TO COME ACROSS A FANTASTIC,WELL EDUCATED,GORGEOUS,INTELLIGENT,WOMAN AS YOURSELF.U INSPIRED ME AS WELL AS OTHERS I’M SURE. HOPE NEXT YR BRING MUCH MORE JOY TO UR SURROUNDING,AND BLESS U WITH BOUNTIFUL PLEASURES OF LIFE. AND PLEASE DON’T 4GET WE HAVEN’T USE THE OPTION TO GREET EACH OTHER AS OF YET. I HAVE NOTHING BUT LOVE RESPECT,HOPE TO FINALLY GET A CHANCE TO SEE U. HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND BLESSINGS
–Lilly, Queens,New York
I had 2 say this..Jackie you are the TRUE Boss Lady & I mean that from my heart…On more then 1 occasions u have tried 2 reach out 2 me n order 4 me 2 uplift myself & 2 venture outside of just “dance hall..by God will 4 the 2011 I will try my best 2 b a true boss lady like u…God bless u sweetie & happy new year!!!
–Peach, New York, New York
Jacqueline, thanks for all your empowerment . The one piece that resonated in me was “Does he love u enough to wipe your behind” That was a good one.
Thank you stay blessed.
Dana Burnett, Brooklyn New York
Ms. Rowe…I’m so glad i have met you. We laugh and you have real thought me a lot in the short time that I’ve been around you without even trying to hard ….You are one of the best things that has happen to me ..I’m so glad to say I love to have you for another year.
Jerry King J Auguste, Student, Brooklyn New York