“Believe you are as solid as the Rock of Gibraltar.If God is for you, who can be against you? Do not fear for He is with you. Do not be disheartened”
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The Samantha Taylor

Samantha Taylor grew up in a small rural community in the beautiful island of Jamaica. She attended the University of the West Indies, Mona where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. At 22, she immigrated to the United States – to New York City. Experiencing life in a new country, and growing as a person, challenged Samantha. These challenges allowed her to build her skills and speak publicly about Domestic Violence, motivating others who may have similar struggles and triumphs. Inspired by personal experience, Victim to Victor: Breaking Free from Intimate Partner Violence into a life of Healing, Joy, and Strength, is her debut book.

God is Samantha’s strength. Dedication to devotion and prayer is an integral part of her life. Her thoughtful insight and unwavering strength come from her ability to know Jesus and trust in his guidance. To know each person as an individual with their own set of strengths and weaknesses without judgment is a testament to Samantha’s character and abilities.

Samantha was featured in several short films for Domestic Violence Agencies in New York City, in which she spoke about her life from a victim of abuse to a survivor, building up other women and men in confidence and love, and having expert knowledge in the healing process and actions one must take to begin a journey of self-discovery, self-empowerment and breaking free from Intimate Partner Violence. The NYC Mayors Office to Combat Domestic Violence and the Center for Court Innovation have enlisted Samantha’s proficiency in contributing to strategies to end gender-based violence.

Samantha’s skill is in motivating others to find their safe places, not only in the outside world, but within themselves. Her volunteer service to organizations with the mission to end teen and young adult intimate partner violence shows Samantha’s dedication and determination to share her experience, provide her advocacy and coaching skills to others – no matter their age or gender. This includes coaching and motivating individuals from teen years to adult intimate partner relationships.

The desire to help others during challenging times in their lives is an intricate part of who Samantha is. Carrying great strength in mindfulness and thoughtfulness is a trait of this powerful and determined woman. Engaging with others and thoughtfully processing situations and life’s great questions is a journey that Samantha takes on with passion and excellence. Guiding others towards their best, fulfilling their potential and assisting them to always be authentic and true to who they are, is a skill that is not only learned, but ingrained in this woman.

Moving a mountain with a fully thought-out process is something Samantha does with great ease. Learning to rebuild and love one’s self is never an easy task for any human, but Samantha’s altruistic personality provides comfort to those around her at their most vulnerable moments. Samantha’s creative and insightful personality creates an environment of inspiration to those who encounter her. Samantha illustrates expert competency in creating an environment that caters to the needs of those she coaches.

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Some losses are gains

Not every loss is a loss. Some losses are gains. One of my past fears and biggest struggles was losing someone I loved - a separation from a close friend or loved one. Especially a separation that wasn’t amicable. Because of this fear, I tolerated the intolerable from...

The Past is not just the past

There is a popular phrase that encourages us to ‘let the past be the past’. I disagree with this. The past should not just be the past. It should be a teacher of life lessons. It should be a rearview mirror – one which is glanced at now and then to ensure present and...

From bad to worse

In one of my darkest moments in the past, I sought encouragement from an older friend. The conversation we were having was about navigating my way out of an abusive marriage. Her advice was seasoned with personal experience, life lessons and a ‘do or die’ perspective....

How not to be re-traumatized and triggered

Trying to not be re-traumatized or triggered into feeling unpleasant emotions is perilous.  Who wants to be reminded of a painful past, to be triggered to feel rubbish about themselves, or to be in pain? How nice it would be if one lived as one had never been hurt,...

Golden Jars

Kintsugi, which translates to ‘golden joinery’ (or Kintsukuroi, which means ‘golden repair’), is the centuries-old Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with a special lacquer dusted with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. Beautiful seams of gold glint in the cracks...

COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence (Intimate partner violence) is a pattern of coercive, controlling and or violent behavior. Abuse include, but is not limited to physical abuse, psychological (mental and emotional) abuse, sexual abuse, technological abuse and or financial abuse.

Why do victims sometimes return to or stay with abusers?

Victims face several barriers when they leave or try to leave an abusive relationship. These barriers fall into one of two categories; internal or external barriers. Read more here: https://ncadv.org/why-do-victims-stay

Do abusers show any potential warning signs?

Yes, warning signs of abuse include, but are not limited to:

  • Extreme jealousy or insecurity
  • Controlling behavior
  • Destructive criticism and or constant put-downs
  • Possessiveness or treating you like property
  • Telling you what to do
  • Constantly checking in on you
  • Explosive temper
  • Making false accusations
  • Isolating you or preventing you from spending time with your friends and family
  • Insist that you stop participating in leisure activities, preventing you from doing the things you want to do

Most abusers share common characteristics. Some of the subtle warning signs include:

  • They insist on moving too quickly into a relationship.
  • They can be very charming and may seem too good to be true.
  • Their words and actions don’t match.
Is it possible for abusers to change?

Yes, if they desire to, and make the choice to change. However, victims of abuse are advised not to stay in an abusive relationship in the hope that an abuser will change.

Are men victims of domestic violence?

Yes, men can be victims of domestic abuse.

According to National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV),1 in 9 men experience severe intimate partner physical violence and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. This includes a range of behaviors (e.g. slapping, shoving, pushing) and in some cases might not be considered “domestic violence.”

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