Amelia Williams – Ring of Hope Campaign
Amelia Williams is the President and Founder, Ring of Hope Campaign
Domestic Violence Survivor/Activist, Public Speaker, and Social Entrepreneur
Domestic violence: Our 21st-century scourge. Millions of men, women, and children are victims of domestic abuse each year. Every day on average in the U.S., more than 3 women are murdered by intimate partners. Over fifteen million children in the U.S. live in families in which partner violence occurred at least once in the past year. The estimated yearly costs associated with domestic violence are more than $8 billion.
To breathe life into these alarming statistics, Amelia Williams has given dynamic presentations to organizations, including Rotary Clubs, private board meetings, and business associations. The domestic violence topics she discusses vary, but essentially they sound a triumphant theme: “From Victim to Survivor: Rebuilding Lives After Domestic Violence.” What makes Amelia such a motivating speaker is her ability to relate to diverse groups when sharing her own journey and rebuilding a life after domestic violence.
Amelia investigates how those who have escaped from domestic violence experiences can suppress life-long patterns of co-dependency and self-harm without being aware of it. She explores why women continue to involve themselves in violent relationships with men after they’ve escaped such violence. She further addresses how to recognize the signs of domestic violence, steps to take to remove oneself from potentially violent circumstances, and how to assist someone in a domestic-violence situation. Versatile in the topics she speaks about, Amelia relates to young people by drawing an analogy from the fairy tale, Cinderella. Thereby, she teaches children to recognize domestic violence by parents.
While continuing to interact with other experts about domestic violence, she adds something new to the conversation: Amelia as a survivor speaks her voice on this issue revealing her personal model of survival from 19-year-old victim of domestic violence to 40-year-old survivor. She is a role-model who has constructively confronted the psychological and emotional harm and physical abuse wreaked upon her by alcoholic parents during the first 19 years of her life. Four dynamics have enabled Amelia to survive domestic violence and to succeed: spiritual faith, education, introspection, and community involvement. Amelia inspires her audiences by describing her journey from victim to survivor and teaching us that victory is within reach for people who suffer hardships. She has not allowed the trials of her past to inhibit her progress as a business owner.
Her involvement with business initiatives extends beyond her membership in the National Association of Women Business Owners. She is also spearheading several ventures with her own company, Inspire Me, Amelia, LLC. Its vision encourages people to help people and share their own stories to a worldwide spotlight on urgent social problems such as domestic violence. She acts as a catalyst for change who can inspire others and effectively spread the word about important social causes.
In 2010, Amelia founded the Ring of Hope Campaign to support survivors of domestic violence. Part of the proceeds from the sales of this jewelry go to 501(c) 3 nonprofit organizations that support domestic violence awareness. The symbolic nature of Ring of Hope Campaign Jewelry makes it accessible to everyone and reminds us that jewels with beauty can emerge from the monstrosity of domestic violence.
Amelia reaches out to survivors of domestic violence through extensive involvement in her community. She maintains working relationships with the Pennsylvania Coalition against Domestic Violence (PCADV), Zonta International, Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, Center for Victims, Standing Firm and Crisis Center North.