BREAK THE SILENCE
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE EDUCATIONAL EVENT SERIES

Our Break the Silence event series is a free monthly community education and awareness program.

 

BTS sessions are designed to engage supporters, victims, and survivors in an ongoing dialogue exploring the many facets of domestic violence, our services, and the services of vital partners in the Lowcountry. 

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Break the Silence

Upcoming Sessions

To Be Announced

May 26, 2022
12pm EST

FEATURING

  • Sydney Conrad, MSH Director of Education + Training

  • Featured speakers to be announced

DISCUSSION GUIDE

Join MSH for an informative, engaging discussion around (topic to be announced), and available programs and resources.

FREE REGISTRATION

Registration* opens soon

*note: you do NOT need a Facebook account to register or attend!

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Break the Silence

Series Catalogue

VICTIM SUPPORT IN THE FAITH COMMUNITY
April 2022

FEATURING

  • Sydney Conrad​​, MSH Director of Education + Training

  • Sophia Rodriguez, Prevention and Education Coordinator with Tri-County S.P.E.A.K.S.

  • Kristine Peterson, domestic violence survivor and advocate

SUMMARY

The discussion covers: 

  • How to recognize signs of domestic and sexual violence 
  • Ways faith leaders can support congregants experiencing intimate partner violence
  • Why the faith community is a vital part of the victim support and recovery process
  • Free support, education, and trauma recovery resources available to faith leaders and their congregations​

     

Holding Hands

FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF A TEEN SURVIVOR
February 2022

FEATURING

  • Sydney Conrad​​, MSH Director of Education + Training

  • A brave teen survivor speaking about her experience with teen dating violence, what she learned, what she would have wanted her friends and family to know and more about her journey to overcome the experience

SUMMARY

The discussion covers: 

  • Tools, resources, and guidance around how to talk about healthy dating and relationship safety

Holding Hands

SUPPORTING THE MSH MISSION
December 2021

FEATURING

  • Sydney Conrad​​, MSH Director of Education + Training

  • MSH donor Ellen Frazier

  • Partner Pledge participants Adrienne and Charles Frizzell of Frizzell Allstate Agency

  • MSH community volunteer Elizabeth Ballard

  • MSH board member Don Smith of Hendrick Automotive

SUMMARY

The discussion covers: 

  • The reasons our supporters choose to give

  • Meaningful ways to get involved with our mission

  • The immense impact our community has on the sustained success of My Sister's House

Holding Hands

"BREAKING BARRIERS"
TOWN HALL: PART 1

October 2021

PART I

Our panelists highlight barriers faced by domestic violence victims and why coming forward to seek help during and after abuse can be so difficult.

Holding Hands

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & LAW ENFORCEMENT
July 2021

FEATURING

  • Sydney Conrad​​, MSH Director of Education + Training

SUMMARY

The discussion covers: 

  • The role local Law Enforcement plays in supporting victims of domestic violence 

  • The role of LEVA's (Law Enforcement Victim Advocates)

  • The ways in which My Sister's House partners with Law Enforcement to better serve victims of domestic violence

Holding Hands

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVAL & MENTAL HEALTH
May 2021

FEATURING

  • Sydney Conrad​​, MSH Director of Education + Training

  • Tessa Murray, MSH Therapist

  • Jamilah Frazier, MPA, Center Administrator
    Charleston Dorchester Mental Health

SUMMARY

The discussion covers: 

  • Mental health and domestic violence survival

  • How victims experience and recover from the mental health impacts of abuse, and

  • How individuals can help those suffering from mental health challenges as a result of their DV trauma.

Holding Hands

WHAT IF I DON'T NEED SHELTER? 

HOW COMMUNITY CASE MANAGEMENT SUPPORTS THE SURVIVOR'S JOURNEY

March 2021

FEATURING

  • Sydney Conrad​​, MSH Director of Education + Training

  • Khalilah Sumners, MSH Director of Victim Services

  • Sarah Oliver, The Formation Project

SUMMARY

Discussion of vital community case management services:

  • What is Community Case Management?

  • How does Community Case Management support victims on their journey to survival?

  • How can victims in the Lowcountry access Community Case Management services and benefit the program?

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU CALL THE MSH CRISIS LINE
March 2022

FEATURING

  • Sydney Conrad​​, MSH Director of Education + Training

  • Khalilah Sumners, MSH Director of Victim Services

  • Whitney Jones, Family Engagement Services Facilitator, Lowcountry Region with South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS)

SUMMARY

The discussion covers: 

  • The questions to expect as a first-time Crisis Line caller

  • What happens after you speak with a victim service expert

  • Our range of personalized supportive services, including housing, transportation, basic needs, and more

  • Coordination of care for shared MSH/DSS clients and how our agencies work together to better serve DV victims across the Lowcountry

Holding Hands

RECOGNIZING EMOTIONAL ABUSE
January 2022

FEATURING

  • Sydney Conrad​​, MSH Director of Education + Training

  • Tessa Murray, MSH Therapist

  • Kat Wehunt, Executive Director, The Formation Project

SUMMARY

The discussion covers: 

  • How to recognize emotional abuse and coercive control: signs, warnings, and red flags

  • How to support a friend or family member experiencing this type of abuse

  • What barriers are faced by victims of emotional abuse/coercive control

  • Services and support systems available to victims - My Sister's House programs and partner programs

  • Spotlight on Trafficking Awareness Month, highlighting The Formation Project

Holding Hands

"BREAKING BARRIERS"TOWN HALL: PART 2
October 2021

PART II

Our panel reconvenes for an engaging panel discussion around solutions and practices that support victims of intimate partner violence. 

Holding Hands

A CHILD'S PERSPECTIVE ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
August 2021

FEATURING

  • Sydney Conrad​​, MSH Director of Education + Training

  • Terry Spann, Jr (childhood survivor now filmmaker)

SUMMARY

The discussion covers: 

  • Domestic violence from the perspective of a child, including:

  • a personal story and helpful tips for parents regarding talking with your kids about healthy relationships, supporting others experiencing abuse, and more

Holding Hands

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN THE LGBTQIA+ COMMUNITY
June 2021

FEATURING

  • Sydney Conrad​​, MSH Director of Education + Training

  • Chandler Massengale, LMSW 
    Mental Health Coordinator, We Are Family

SUMMARY

The discussion covers: 

  • Forms of abuse unique to the LGBTQIA+ community

  • Access to services, resources, and support

  • Ways in which our inclusive services are tailored to support each individual client

Holding Hands

Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence

April 2021

FEATURING

  • Sydney Conrad​​, MSH Director of Education + Training

  • Adriana Mattingly, LISW-CP, Sexual Assault Services Program Coordinator and Project Therapist, MUSC

  • Alex Russell, MSW, Executive Director of Tri-Country S.P.E.A.K.S.

SUMMARY

The discussion covers: 

  • How sexual violence impacts the overall health of our community, 

  • How community agencies are working individually and in coordinated effort to support victims and end sexual violence, and

  • How individuals can help those others impacted by sexual violence and help bring an end to sexual violence in our community.

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HOW TO TALK TO YOUR TEEN ABOUT DATING VIOLENCE

February 2021

FEATURING

  • Sydney Conrad​​, MSH Director of Education + Training

  • Tiffany Hall, MSH Parent/Child Advocate

SUMMARY

Discussion of critical aspects of engaging with your teen to discuss:

  • Preparing to Date

  • Toxic Thinking

  • Upstander vs. Bystander Behavior

  • Recognizing the Signs

  • Continuing the Conversation

RESOURCES

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