The Languages of Abuse

The Languages of Abuse

The 2nd showing of our Education & Awareness Campaign, The Languages of Abuse, was filled with darted words, eloquent voices and astringent reality. We realize that every time this production is done, it will not look like the last. There is a responsibility to sharing the voices of survivors with care and in keeping with the integrity in which it was written. There is also a responsibility to the audience to give them the unfiltered truth in a way that won’t scare them off.

Our Board of Directors met the day after the event and we always ask the question, “Did the purpose and the message come through?” Our answer was, “Yes!” With always looking ahead at what can be improved, and what we will continue to implement, like art, this project is a fluid production and takes on a life of it’s own.

As we move into the Summer and Fall we anticipate at least two more shows this year in Volusia and Seminole County. We are currently looking for stories, poetry, or music from survivors in those areas.

You can view of the show on our YouTube Channel. We invite you to join our email list and keep up-to-date with all our future events and programs!

We can not do this without you!



In The News

In The News

Giving a platform for the voices of those that have been silenced by their pain.

Read the Daytona News Journal Article about the Languages of Abuse production. Our Education & Awareness campaign

Abused Women Find Their Voices in “Languages”


Poetry & Art Workshop

Poetry & Art Workshop


Learn how art and words can become tools to help you find your authentic voice and tell your unique story. Discover how sharing and reflecting upon this process with others can enhance personal creativity and inspiration.

Saturday, April 1st, 2017


Deland Museum of Art

600 N. Woodland Blvd.

Deland, FL 32720



In this one-day workshop participants, in a small group setting, will explore multiple arts-based techniques of expressive arts therapy including viewing and responding to art, hands-on activities and discussion.  The focus of this workshop is not on artistic outcomes but rather on the creative process of finding your authentic voice, increasing self-awareness and awareness of others, practicing mindfulness and learning how to cope with challenging experiences in an empowering and inspired way.


“My life became a work of art. I had found my voice. I was whole 

again.” Henry Miller


All participants must meet eligibility criteria since programs are tracked and evaluated for research purposes. Limited space for up to eight participants.

Mindful Cooking Workshop

Mindful Cooking Workshop

When going through trauma your body will experience the kind of stress that can take a toll on your mental and physical state. We tend to neglect our water intake and proper nourishment to help sustain us. Being in the moment and present in the process of preparing your food, while being aware of your thoughts and your body is a practice of self-care, self-love and self-healing.


Saturday, March 4th, 2017
Larry’s Italian Deli
2405 E. Moody Blvd.
Bunnell, FL 32110


This two-part, two-hour workshop will focus on clean eating, alkaline, brain and energy foods. Knowing what your body needs, taking extra care in how you prepare your food is an important part of the healing process.


Register by emailing 


Women Warrior Workshop

Women Warrior Workshop

Women Warrior Workshop

Encourage. Empower. Evolve.


The ideas and techniques that fuel successful improv on stage can also empower women and survivors to create in exciting and productive ways off stage. Benefits of improv include increased confidence in everyday situations, creativity and open communication.


Saturday, March 4th, 2017
AdLib Theatre Company
200 N. Denning Dr., Suite 1
Winter Park, FL 32789


This 3-hour introductory workshop presented by AdLib Theatre Company explores improv tools and exercises to create deeper, easier, more trusting relationships through the power of “Yes, And”, listening like never before, working with the unexpected, and tapping into your creative self!

All participants will be screened for eligibility since programs are tracked and evaluated for research purposes. Limited space for up to eight participants.

To request an application at

Vice-Chair Address

Vice Chair, Kyeesha Cannon-Weaver, addresses the audience at The Languages of Abuse, October 2016.

Story Time & Wine

Story Time & Wine

Stories are the foundation of The Forgotten Women Project (FWP). We all have one to tell. Something that has shaped us or tested us. These stories are important, and sharing those stories brings healing and a sense of empowerment. It can be a vulnerable act, yet aslo courageous, to tell others about our pain and adversity. There are many women that are suffering in silence, and we believe our collective voices can be warrior cry for them.

We believe that creativity is an important part of self-expression. Story telling is an art form. There is no right or wrong way, but there is an energy and power behind each word, tone and gesture that can influence, persuade and impact others. At FWP, we aren’t interested in conforming to the way other non-profit organizations raise funds or garner help. We believe that each event should be engaging and enlightening for participants. So, when we decided to go into the Seminole County area it was important that we reach potential partners, donors, volunteers and clients in a way that allows them to experience what we are about. Story Time & Wine offers that opportunity.

Sip and share in a safe space knowing you are heard, you are seen and you are supported. Prompted by a question, each participant has a couple minutes to share something about themselves. When they are done, others in the group affirms that story by responding,

“We see you. We hear you. We support you.”

Once everyone has had an opportunity to share we will then spend a little more time to dig deeper individually, ask questions, and embrace one another.

Not everyone is willing to be transparent or vulnerable. But, for those that are realize it can be transformational.

If you would like to take part in this event and for more details go to Story Time & Wine in upcoming events.

Unable to attend but you would like to support our cause, you can donate here or by mailing a check to P.O. Box 114, Flagler Beach, FL 32136

A Survivor’s Story: It’s My Story to Tell

A Survivor’s Story: It’s My Story to Tell

At the age of 19 years-old I entered into a relationship with the brother of my pastor. Like most relationships things started off great. I thought he was heaven sent.  See, my parents were going through a very heartbreaking divorce at the time, so anything that seemed comforting I ran to it. The first couple of years was good. Then boom! I realized, it’s like they say, “Everything that glitters isn’t gold.”  I received my first punch. Little did I know that that would be the first of many. The first person I told was my pastor. I thought he would help me. That’s what pastors are suppose to do. But I guess blood is thicker than water. He quickly defended his brother and threw the minister collar out the door. He had every excuse in the book for his brother’s violent acts.  I was getting beat so often that I became numb to the pain and numb to the excuses. It wasn’t until I became pregnant that I gained the courage to start calling the police. With each arrest, came more excuses from his family. By this time, I was totally brainwashed thinking it was something that I did. That somehow I was in the wrong. Finally, on my son’s first birthday, I saw the light. I got the courage to leave my situation and move miles away. Leaving my son behind with my mother until I got myself together, I moved to Orlando, FL with only $100 to my name. Within two weeks I found a job and shortly after got my first apartment. When I moved to Florida, things started to happen for me. Good things started falling in my lap. I give all the glory to God!

Now everything wasn’t a walk in the park.  For the first few years I suffered from PTSD. I was having flashbacks and had a hard time sleeping at night. I strongly encourage counseling for anyone who’s a victim of domestic violence. I went to counseling every week and studied the teachings of my pastor at Great Faith Church. This really helped me get my joy back. I finally started to pour out everything that happened to me, and allowed new things (happy things) to fill me up.

Story submitted by: Cydni R.