May 18, 2012
By Dan Miller
On Mother’s Day, Sunday May 13, more than 50 Mothers and girls from Queens who are survivers of Domestic Violence joined 1,000 others to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge in the inaugural Milagros Day Worldwide Walk to celebrate their freedom from the abuse they once lived with by joining Dawn Diaz, founder of Milagros Day Worldwide.
The Foundation is named after Dawn’s mother, Milagros who was a victim of domestic abuse and who has survived to help other women rebuild their lives through education and professionaal growth.
Milagros Worldwide provides personal growth and professional development to Survivors of Domestic Violence. Their flagship program, the Transformation Academy, is a six-month immersion coaching program for women who have recently left an abusive relationship and are ready to put the victim mentality behind them forever.
The National Institute of Justice states that:
One (1) out of every four (4) women will experience an incident of Domestic Violence throughout their lifetime; everyday in the US, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.
Up to ten (10) million children witness some form of Domestic Violence each year; nearly 1 in 5 teenage girls who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if presented with a breakup.
The costs of intimate partner violence in the United States exceed $5.8 billion per year: $4.1 billion are for direct medical and health care services, while productivity losses account for nearly $1.8 billion.
The Milagros Day Transformation Academy (MDTA) uses the principles of Recreation, Reeducation and Responsibility to empower Domestic Violence Survivors and change their belief about who they are and what they deserve, give them practical skills in the areas of finance and romance, and help them to discover their life’s purpose so that they can become a contribution to the world.
Congratulations to the survivors who are helping other survive as victims of DV.