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It started the day she decided to walk away.

 
 

Death and life are in the power of the tongue. A life mission born out of her darkest days, our Co-Founder, Natasha Johnson, set out to help others and bring awareness to an issue she had previously never understood until she experienced it herself. All she wanted to do was help those hurting and tell her story. When Natasha was in her mid-20s, she found herself in the middle of an abusive relationship. She was struggling with anxiety and depression as a result of the Emotional and Verbal abuse she had endured. Natasha began to write about her experience with abuse and looked to her family's non-profit foundation to create a movement ending the cycle of abuse in the lives of others. When she began to heal through the act of showing love to others suffering her same pain, she realized one thing to be true...With one word you can destroy a life, but with With One Word you can also begin to mend a broken heart and set others free. 

 
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Our Vision

Initially formed in 2008, With One Word, Inc. became a registered 501(c)(3) organization with a vision to help families and individuals of all ages all over the world. With a mission to bring Faith, Hope and Love to those in need, in 2014 the With One Word Foundation relaunched with a deeper passion to also reach today's generation and meet them right where they are. Our goals are to embrace the calling of God in which he said, “With One Word, you will set the captives free.” We want the pain, the suffering in families and individuals, to be relinquished.  We want to provide education that will enlighten and bring understanding to how restoration can become a pathway of living free and full of hope for the future.  Although there are people on staff who are Christians and even some Christian elements can be found in our Mission Statement and Vision, this is an organization for all people. We are all collectively a family. We want to help people find the strength and power within themselves to embrace the call and purpose on their life both as a family unit and/or individually.

Simply, we want to help bring healing to a world with just one word, LOVE.

 
 

What We Do

Our approach is simple. We raise awareness to the issues of Teen Dating Violence and Domestic Violence through active volunteerism in our community and nationwide. We strongly believe that through education and action we will be able to increase the prevention of abuse while bringing awareness to these issues as well as Emotional and Verbal Abuse - Subjects often left undiscussed.

 
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START TALKING IN SCHOOLS

Utilizing the Start Talking curriculum with Mecklenburg County CSS, we speak in area high schools and middle schools providing education in health classes on healthy and unhealthy relationships. The curriculum is interactive and challenges students to engage in discussions. At the end of our sessions, students will know the warning signs of Teen Dating Violence, how to make healthy decisions, and where to find help for themselves or a friend.

 

EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMS AT SHELTERS

Through creating a reading and empowerment program, Word in Action, we have been able to provide reading books, school supplies, and tutoring to children housed in a domestic violence safety shelter. With weekly visits, our goal is simply to provide love and attention to kids through various activies like arts and crafts, playing sports outside, and reading to children while their moms attend counseling or simply have some alone time. We also provide brand new toys to the children as they often have little to no personal belongings.

 
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LOCAL AND NATIONAL ADVOCACY

As a member of the Teen Dating Violence Awareness Committee of Mecklenburg County, we work with several agencies in order to provide education and awareness to our community. Our co-founder, Natasha, is a National Ambassador for the Love is Not Abuse Coalition with Break the Cycle, the leading national nonprofit organization providing comprehensive dating abuse programs exclusively to young people ages 12 to 24. 

With One Word also serves on the Art with Heart Committee and is allied with the NO MORE campaign.

 
 

What is Abuse?

 

Domestic Violence: We define domestic violence as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner.  Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.

Domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. Domestic violence occurs in both opposite-sex and same-sex relationships and can happen to intimate partners who are married, living together, or dating.

Domestic violence not only affects those who are abused, but also has a substantial effect on family members, friends, co-workers, other witnesses, and the community at large. Children, who grow up witnessing domestic violence, are among those seriously affected by this crime. Frequent exposure to violence in the home not only predisposes children to numerous social and physical problems, but also teaches them that violence is a normal way of life - therefore, increasing their risk of becoming society's next generation of victims and abusers. 

Dating Abuse: Dating abuse is a pattern of abusive behaviors -- usually a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time -- used to exert power and control over a dating partner.

Every relationship is different, but the things that unhealthy and abusive relationships have in common are issues of power and control. Violent words and actions are tools an abusive partner uses to gain and maintain power and control over their partner. Teen Dating Violence affects those aged 12-24 years-old.

Physical Abuse: Hitting, slapping, shoving, grabbing, pinching, biting, hair pulling, etc are types of physical abuse. This type of abuse also includes denying a partner medical care or forcing alcohol and/or drug use upon him or her.

Sexual Abuse: Coercing or attempting to coerce any sexual contact or behavior without consent. Sexual abuse includes, but is certainly not limited to, marital rape, attacks on sexual parts of the body, forcing sex after physical violence has occurred, or treating one in a sexually demeaning manner.

Emotional Abuse: Undermining an individual's sense of self-worth and/or self-esteem is abusive. This may include, but is not limited to constant criticism, diminishing one's abilities, name-calling, or damaging one's relationship with his or her children.

Economic Abuse: Is defined as making or attempting to make an individual financially dependent by maintaining total control over financial resources, withholding one's access to money, or forbidding one's attendance at school or employment.

Psychological Abuse: Elements of psychological abuse include- but are not limited to - causing fear by intimidation; threatening physical harm to self, partner, children, or partner's family or friends; destruction of pets and property; and forcing isolation from family, friends, or school and/or work.

 
 

The With One Word Foundation is proud to be involved with the following:

Love is Not Abuse Coalition

Our co-founder, Natasha Johnson, is proud to be a National Ambassador for the Love is Not Abuse Coalition, LINA, with Break the Cycle. 

Break the Cycle is the leading national nonprofit organization providing comprehensive dating abuse programs exclusively to young people ages 12 to 24. 

Love Is Not Abuse (LINA) is a growing national grassroots coalition of adults who want to learn about and prevent dating abuse.

For more information, visit www.BreaktheCycle.org and www.BreaktheCycle.org/loveisnotabuse.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Committee of Mecklenburg County

The Teen Dating Violence Awareness Committee of Mecklenburg County works to raise awareness in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area around the issue of teen dating violence and to promote healthy relationships among young people for February, Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

We are also trained and certified with the LoveSpeaksOut speaker's bureau that engages, educates, and empowers youth to speak out against teen dating violence to create a world where all teens experience healthy relationships.

For more information, please visit Mecklenburg County Community Support Services.

Art With HEart

We are proud to serve on the Art With Heart Volunteer Committee. 

Art With Heart has evolved into one of Charlotte's premier fundraisers that features silent and live auctions with pieces generously donated by many of the most notable artists from around the globe.  Since its inception in 2000, Art With Heart has raised more than $1 million for Safe Alliance to provide hope and healing to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.

For more information, visit Art With Heart.

 
 

No More

The With One Word Foundation is proud to be allied with the NO MORE Campaign. 

NO MORE aims to raise public awareness and engagement around ending domestic violence and sexual assault. Launched in March 2013 by a coalition of leading advocacy groups, service providers, the U.S. Department of Justice, and major corporations, NO MORE is supported by hundreds of national and local groups and by thousands of individuals, organizations, universities, and communities who are using its signature blue symbol to increase visibility for domestic violence and sexual assault.

For more information, please visit www.NOMORE.org.

 
 
 

What Now?

We’re still working to bring awareness, hope and healing to those suffering from abuse.  If you want to help support our mission, you can get involved, buy an awareness bracelet from our online store, or make a donation.

 
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