Valerie L. Williams’ life changed forever in 20 minutes on a February afternoon in 1996. She came home to simply give her husband the family van to use for transportation. Twenty minutes later, she found herself at the end of a .38 Smith and Wesson with him threatening to kill himself and her. He would not allow Valerie to leave the home and punched her in the face when she tried to open the front door. Ms. Williams’ husband would go on to shoot her multiple times. The three bullets fired would find their way through her head and twice in her right arm. Her husband was never abusive before this event. Miraculously, this event only landed Ms. Williams in the hospital for three days, with no surgery and no stitches, having lost the use of her right arm for a year. More importantly, she was able to come out of this tragedy with triumph as she was still alive. For Valerie Williams, one time of domestic violence was too many. She would also make a profound decision to tell her story and empower others! Today, her vision is trained squarely upon educating and empowering others who find themselves in harm’s way or, as important, creating opportunities to help others avoid dating and domestic violence altogether. Her mission is also to bring awareness to colleges, universities, faith-based organizations and community organizations in helping them prioritize efforts to prevent intimate partner violence. She inspires all to become Overcomers by living beyond what has happened to them.
Ms. Williams has done just that!
Appointed Board Member by Governor Deal to the Georgia Commission on Family Violence (2010, 12') "Survivor of the Year" during "The Call for True Beauty" Clark Atlanta University (2012)
First Coast News "Our Hero Next Door" Jacksonville, Florida (2013)
Social Justice/Human Award Honoree, AKA Sorority, Incorporated South Atlantic Region (2014) Gift of Inspiration, Vance Sheriff's Office, Henderson, NC (2019)
Clark/Atlanta University......Atlanta, Georgia
Albany State University ....Albany, Georgia
Brunswick Job Corps...Brunswick, Georgia
Georgia Commission on Family Violence
Fort Valley University
College of Coastal Georgia
Ministry of Education, Nassau Bahamas
Brunswick High School
Safe Harbor Children's Shelter
Savannah State University
The Safe Walls Initiative, Jacksonville, Fl
Kings Bay Naval Base, Kingsland, Georgia
LexisNexis Corporation, Alpharetta Georgia
Vance Sheriff's Office, Henderson, NC
I've been a Motivational Speaker for over 10 years and I'm passionate about bringing awareness to Dating Violence. My speeches are designed to inspire, motivate and empower audiences to take action toward having healthy relationships.
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