Born in Germany and raised in Southern California, Denise Brown led a life remarkable only in its normalcy until June 12, 1994 when her sister, Nicole Brown Simpson, was murdered. If you were to ask Denise to describe herself prior to this tragic event, you would have heard, "I'm just a mom from Laguna Beach." Brown's life path dramatically altered, she would now tell you that along with her devotion to her son, Sean, she is also committed to raising awareness against domestic violence - a crime that kills three women every day in the United States.
Since early 1995 Denise Brown has traveled to various states speaking on the epidemic of domestic violence. She has addressed university student bodies, men in prison and in batterers' treatment programs, women at risk, church groups and various educational and legislative forums. Ms. Brown has helped raise funds for local shelters all across the country with her appearances, and has assisted in the success of a major project called the Vine System. This Program is an automated victim notification service of the release of batterers from jail or prison.
As part of her commitment, Ms. Brown has worked to help pass a variety of legislative solutions for domestic violence. One of her most important projects was to lobby on behalf of the Violence Against Women Act. Senator Arlen Spector of Pennsylvania contacted Ms. Brown and asked for her assistance on a portion of the bill that was being stalled in committee in the U.S. Senate. With a potential slashing of its federal allocation to domestic violence services, Denise Brown testified to the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee for increased funding for the Violence Against Women Act. After her testimony, that portion of the bill's funding was increased from eighteen million to thirty-two million dollars. U.S. Senators Biden and Hatch have cited Denise Brown as "having done more for the issue of domestic violence than any other individual."
Denise Brown has made a life-long commitment to educate the public as well as improve the quality of living for women and children who have been victims of domestic violence, She is determined to banish the darkness and end the silence.
Born San Mateo, California, Danielle Pierre learned early on about the devastating effects of domestic violence. After experiencing a series of tragic events over the course of several years, Danielle eventually overcame self-pity and self-sabotage and moved forward to discover that she was not a victim of circumstance and made a CHOICE to adopt a healthy and positive mindset.
Today Danielle is a certified life coach, violence prevention advocate and author of the book "Just Make it Happen - Unleashing Your Inner Power" and her new book titled "Change Your Mind, Change Your Life" due to be released in 2014. In 2009 Danielle and her partner Timothy Pina walked nearly 500 miles from San Francisco to San Diego, California to raise awareness for domestic violence and homelessness. You can view that event here.
Having discovered the inner strength to break free and move beyond debilitating mindsets and circumstances, Ms. Pierre was able to reinvent her life. She is now acutely aware of the incredible potential we each have to create a happy and fulfilling life regardless of our current situation. It is the desire to share in that awareness that is her driving force.
It is Ms. Pierre's ultimate goal to empower those seeking to improve the quality of their lives and help others emerge from negative mindsets and self-sabotaging behaviors in order to clear the path to a safe, healthy and happy lifestyle.