Four domestic violence survivors united by a community women's shelter weave their stories together to break the silence about their abuse. Shedding light on this important and challenging issue, these women hope to help other survivors and victims find their voices and the support they need to break free.
Erin Schattauer was born and raised in Pennsylvania. After graduating from Allegheny College, she landed her first journalism job working for her hometown newspaper. In 2008, feeling drawn to the West, Erin settled in Bozeman, Montana. Since then she has worked as an online producer at KBZK TV, a reporter at The Bozeman Daily Chronicle, and is currently employed as the Digital Managing Editor at Townsquare Media. The heart of her work has always been telling and sharing stories. Erin is now telling her own story of domestic violence with HAVEN’s first-ever survivors speakers bureau, End the Silence, which seeks to give a voice to survivors of domestic violence in the hopes of helping others.
LeaAnne Harbour was born in Missoula, Montana and moved to Bozeman when she was two. LeaAnne fell in love with humanitarian work during a month-long mission trip to Ghana, West Africa in 1995. After graduating from Bozeman Christian School in 1998, she moved to a small town in Ohio where she helped start a Christian school. In 2007, LeaAnne moved her three children back to Bozeman and volunteered in the school from which she had graduated. Shortly after, she began working part-time for Rocky Mountain Bank where she is still currently employed. LeaAnne is involved with HAVEN and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Gallatin County and enjoys helping people live enriched lives through community connections.
Angie Kujala grew up in beautiful Ennis, Montana and has called Bozeman home since 1998. Angie is employed as a human resources specialist at Lone Peak Physical Therapy and spends her time as a stay-at-home mom. After nearly two years in an abusive relationship where she felt worthless and stripped of her confidence, Angie found the courage to leave and get help. Since then, she has found purpose in giving back and helping others realize that abuse doesn’t just happen to a certain type of person; it can happen to anyone. She strives to put an end to domestic violence in her community and help those affected by it when they find themselves feeling helpless and alone.
Tiara Trevino was born in Colorado and moved around throughout her youth to hide from her mother's abuser. The abuse started when Tiara was 10 years old and as the oldest of four younger siblings, she felt the need not only to protect them, but to protect her mother as well. Tiara and her mother endured years of sexual abuse before finally finding the courage to leave. They secretly moved first to Washington and then to Montana, where Tiara attended high school while living in hiding. Due to therapy and HAVEN’s support group, Tiara was able to move on with her life and is now a student at Montana State University.
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Such a powerful message! Thank you so much to everyone involved for creating and sharing this!03/06/2016