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Restoring, Educating, Empowering, 

Thank You to ArtSpace8, Chicago Magazine and Arthur Murray Dance Studio for Sponsoring this wonderful event!

Recent Events

Recent Events

Cutera invites you to a Fashion Show at Neiman Marcus

Join Michelle Alegria,, Val Warner and Amy Forman Taub for a fabulous evening! 

The Power of Female Friendship

Michelle Alegria, Maribel Garcia, Lourdes Duarte, join at Maria Pinto's Boutique with Yoland Carter,

of Break the SIlence Foundation's survivor.

Recent workshop at Selva Lopez School of Haute Couture

Our survivors learning the art of couture with at Selva Lopez School of Haute Couture

Selva Lopez School of Haute Couture

Our survivors working on a pattern

A successful couture workshop


Break the Silence Foundation founded in 2005 is a 501c (3) organization, with offices in Berwyn, IL. Our mission is to work with domestic violence victims, through crisis intervention, advocacy, self-improvement, healthy relationship workshops, self-defense and workforce development. We provide a safe, violence free environment and support to all program participants. In partnership with Family Bridges USA, our participants attend a series of workshops designed to help each participant end the cycle of abuse. 


Griselda Lopez - Account Coordinator at Clarins Chicago, volunteered a day teaching our domestic violence participants how to boost their self esteem through using various beauty and cosmetic products.

Head Meets Heart

Our participants receiving certificates of completion

Micro Enterprise

Juana Arellano - Family Bridges USA Program Coordinator facilitating this workshop

Our History, Vision and Mission

Our History

In 2003, Maribel Garcia founder of Break the Silence Foundation; a survivor of domestic violence, completed the 40 hour core training in domestic violence through Mayor Daley’s Office on Domestic Violence. She became a member of the Inter Faith Advisory Committee to Mayor Daley’s Office on Domestic Violence. Mrs. Garcia served on the advisory board of The Chicago Battered Women’s Network. She is a certified and licensed crisis intervention Chaplain.

On October 2005, Break the Silence Foundation held a press conference to introduce itself to the general public. There have been many articles published about the foundation, its work in the community and the immediate goals to better serve those suffering domestic and child abuse. Mrs. Garcia has been interviewed by local television and print media regarding her role as an advocate for reducing domestic violence and child abuse in our communities.

Break the Silence Foundation is a 501c (3) organization,  whose mission is to work with domestic violence victims, through crisis intervention, advocacy, healthy relationship workshops and workforce development. These programs empower them to break the cycle of abuse so they can become productive in our communities.


 Our vision is to assist those in abusive relationships end the cycle of violence; putting their lives together one step at a time.


It is our mission to help victims of domestic violence through crisis response, emergency housing, counseling, education and employment services. By empowering our survivors, they will be afforded an opportunity to a new future.

The Purple Gala

The Purple Gala 2018

This year, our Third Purple Gala featured both female and male survivors. Our two male speakers, Chico Rangel and Luis Cardenas, survived child abuse. They are now successful career professionals.

Our emcees of the gala, award winning Brad Edwards, investigative reporter for CBS2Chicago, and Mike Stambaugh award winning journalist and President and Founder of TMI.

The Purple Gala includes entertainment, a silent auction, exquisit hors d'oevres, and complimentary beer and wine. In addition, a fashion show featuring our Domestic Violence Survivors as our models.

All proceeds will benefit Break the Silence Foundation, a non - profit 501(c)3 organization.

Why The Purple Gala?

The Purple Gala is a unique concept crated by our founder Maribel Garcia; a survivor of child abuse and domestic violence. She experienced abuse as a child, and as an adult suffered through abusive relationships which drove her to attempt suicide. As a survivor, she promised herself to dedicate her life to help others end their cycle of violence.

The Purple Gala celebrates those individuals that have survived domestic violence, and have completed our Chrysalis program workshops. It is a evening of celebrating the beauty of LIFE ! It is a Gala, and the highlight of the night is the fashion show featuring our survivors modeling designer gowns from local fashion designers.


Domestic violence is violence or other abuse by one person against another in a domestic setting, such as in marriage or cohabitation. It may be termed intimate partner violence when committed by a spouse or partner in an intimate relationship against the other spouse or partner, and can take place in heterosexual or same-sex relationships, or between former spouses or partners. Domestic violence can also involve violence against children, parents, or the elderly. It takes a number of forms, including physical, verbal, emotional, economic, religious, reproductive, and sexual abuse, which can range from subtle, coercive forms to marital rape and to violent physical abuse such as choking, beating, female genital mutilation, and acid throwing that results in disfigurement or death. Domestic murders include stoning, bride burning, honor killings, and dowry deaths. If you life is in danger please call 911 for immediate help.


Information, Options, Counseling, Legal and Shelter Services
Toll-Free. 24-hour. Confidential. Multilingual.
Phone: 1.877.863.6338
TTY: 1.877.863.6339

The Office on Domestic Violence continues to house and oversee the operation of the City of Chicago Domestic Violence Help Line. The Help Line is a 24-hour, toll-free confidential number that functions as a clearinghouse for domestic violence services and information.

Non - Discrimination Policy

We believe that no person should be excluded from agency services, employment, or volunteer participation on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, or for any other discriminatory reason. Accordingly, we will not knowingly refer volunteers to organizations that engage in unlawful discriminatory practices.

We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all volunteers, partners, staff, contractors, and Board members. We endeavor to create a diverse Board of Directors. We aim to build relationships with a wide spectrum of partner organizations and charitable causes as we work to promote and activate volunteers to do good in our community.

The Chrysalis Program

Our Workshops

Break the Silence Foundation, in partnership with Family Bridges USA, (https://familybridgesusa.com/) offers the following workshops to all our participants. Other workshops are in development. Please contact us for a complete list of workshops.

* Domestic abuse in the family
BTSF offers support groups and workshops on how to identify domestic abuse and how to prevent it. We offer from counseling to filling out orders of protection documents, appearances in court to advocate on behalf of victims of abuse. Our support group offers the opportunity to share each individual's story as part of the healing process. Each session is done in a respectful and confidential environment. These participants develop into MENTORS for new support groups. In addition, we offer referrals to other agencies and professionals depending on the case.

* Stress Management/Conflict Resolution. The goals of this workshop are as follows:

1. Teach the definition of a balanced life, by explaining the components involved and the importance of such balance.
2. Define stress and explain the notion of accumulative stress and its danger.
3. Explain the positive and negative effects of stress.
4. Teach people to recognize high levels of stress by monitoring their bodies, emotions and actions.
5. Teach people coping techniques that help manage their stress levels.
6. Introduce examples of behavioral modification techniques and positive goal setting to help people deal effectively with stress.

* The PICK program, "How to avoid falling in love with a jerk/jerkette" (Premarital Interpersonal Choices & Knowledge).

The PICK Program is a five-session curriculum that our certified instructors teach. Each session is based on a two-hour teaching time-frame, but is designed to be adapted to many different time-frames and group settings.

The program is an elaboration of the Relationship Attachment Model (RAM) and can easily be divided into two major sections: the head and the heart. Session 1 is an overview of the RAM that explains the importance of building safe relationships while knowing what to look for in a dating partner.

Session 2 and 3 develop the five key areas to explore in a partner in order to have an accurate understanding of what that person would be like in a long-term relationship. This is referred to as “head knowledge” in the RAM.

The last two sessions, 4 and 5, explain the “heart knowledge” of the RAM- the dynamics of trust, reliance, commitment and physical touch.

We are currently forming a self defense class for our domestic violence participants. Master Martial Arts Instructor, Blas Hernandez will conduct this training.

Our Sponsors

Toys for Tots Program

U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

Toys for Tots Program

Break the Silence Foundation has partnered with the US Marine Corps Reserve in Chicago to distribute toys to single families in Cook County.

Break the Silence foundation accepts single family applications. You may contact us via email at: toysforchildren@yahoo.com

Want to know more?

Get in touch with us today.