The Christmas break can be a terrifying time for those trapped in a violent relationship or domestic situation, and as 2 women are killed by their partner every week in the UK alone, it is of life-saving relief that an organisation like Breaking The Silence exists to support these women through their trauma.

Just before Christmas, Breaking the Silence hosted their inaugural graduation ceremony for the 21 ladies who completed and graduated their 6-month ‘Building From Broken Pieces Programme’.  

The Mayor of Birmingham, Anne Underwood, as well as a senior authority from HSBC attended the ceremony were both emotionally taken aback by what they saw.

“It was so humbling to hear what these women have gone through, but amazing to know they have fought through it through the support of Breaking The Silence. Watch out Birmingham and the rest of the world – there are some powerful women!” –       Mayor of Birmingham, Anne Underwood

Social Enterprise, Breaking The Silence revealed their plans for 2018, which include opening up the ‘Building from Broken Pieces’ programme to a new wave of women in February, offering training courses to businesses to create awareness and support for domestic abuse sufferers.

The biggest announcement was that Breaking the Silence will be opening up a fully sustainable women’s refuge in Birmingham, Grace House.

The ceremony was featured on local news station MADE TV and you can watch this footage on Breaking the Silence’s Facebook page – 

The organisation welcomes and encourages any woman who feels they need support to visit the website, or contact Raj Holness at  or call: 0121 285 2277 for full details on how to enrol on the Breaking from Broken Pieces programme.

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About Breaking The Silence

  • People’s Project Winners in 2016, Breaking the Silence are helping domestic abuse victims overcome their emotional and physical trauma by offering a 6-month recovery programme called: ‘Building From Broken Pieces’. 
  • BTS’s mission is to continually create innovative ways to deal with the silence generated from being a victim of domestic abuse, forced marriages or human trafficking.
  • In 2018, BTS aim to roll this programme out to children and men too.
  • In the summer of 2018, BTS will open a new woman’s refuge in Birmingham, called Grace House. 

About Founder, Raj Holness

  • Awarded Forward Ladies The Midlands Regional Winner – Inspiring Leader 2017
  • Asian Business Awards Midlands Community Champion 2016
  • West Midland’s Woman of the Year 2015
  • West Midland’s Most Inspirational Woman 2015 
  • Suffered insurmountable domestic abuse for 20 years at the hand of her family prior to escaping and setting up BTS to help others break their silence.