A program for survivors to take back their voice.


Heartly House’s Survivor Speakers Bureau is a program that aims to equip survivors with storytelling, creative writing, public speaking, and self-care skills they can utilize in their speaking efforts and beyond, while also providing awareness, education, and prevention of power-based violence in the Frederick community.

The goals of the Survivor Speakers Bureau are to:

  • Empower survivors
  • Provide skill-building workshops
  • Compensate survivors financially
  • Expand community awareness and education

How it Works:

  1. Submit an interest form.
  2. Virtual meeting with Heartly House staff.
  3. Attend 6 workshops; topics include creative writing, public speaking, self-care and more.
  4. Graduation from the program.
  5. Opportunities to speak; occasions include annual Heartly House events, donor and community gatherings, and educational trainings.

Next Session Training Dates

May 7, 2024 | 6 – 8 pm
Workshop 1: SSB Orientation

May 14, 2024 | 6 – 8 pm
Workshop 2: Intro to Storytelling

May 20, 2024 | 6 – 8 pm (Note this Workshops Falls on a Tuesday)
Workshop 3: Creative Writing

May 28, 2024 | 6 – 8 pm
Workshop 4: Story Editing & Public Speaking, Pt. 1

June 4, 2024 | 6 – 8 pm
Workshop 5: Public Speaking, Pt. 2

June 11, 2024 | 6 – 8 pm
Workshop 6: Graduation and Ongoing Self-Care

Disclaimer: Survivors do not need to be former clients of Heartly House to engage in the program; however, it is encouraged that each survivor has gone through a professional form of healing.  

Learn by Listening – Request a Speaker

Is your organization or group looking to learn more about power-based violence? Heartly House knows every survivor’s experience is different, and every survivor can add to our understanding of the problem of power-based violence. Heartly House’s Survivor Speaker Bureau members are available to speak at your event for your group or organization. Please fill out the survey to gather more information about your event.

When I went to the hospital for a forensic exam, a medical accompaniment advocate responded. After, I was able to stay in the shelter and work with the legal team to obtain a Peace Order. The abuser was arrested and served the Peace Order while incarcerated. I’m moving to a new home soon and will be completing the Address Confidentiality Program application to ensure he will not be able to find me, giving me security and peace of mind.


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