Thirteen years ago her ex-husband went off to prison for 29 years.

Today this San Diego woman shares the details of her experience in her memoir “Mine, Until” and travels around the country with the intention of creating a global movement surrounding domestic violence and rape.

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Mine, Until: My Journey Into and Out of the Arms of an Abuser

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Jessica Yaffa is a survivor of domestic violence, including physical and emotional abuse, as well as rape. She has transformed a set of extremely traumatic circumstances into a triumphant story. Ms. Yaffa is the founder and leader of H.E.A.L.I.N.G., the first and only domestic violence ministry in San Diego, which has served over 6,000 men, women, and children since its inception over seven years ago. Ms. Yaffa recently published her memoir Mine Until:  My Journey into and out of the Arms of an Abuser and a workbook for therapists' titled: Help Me, Help Her; A Therapist's Guide to Treating Survivors of Domestic Violence. Ms. Yaffa travels the country speaking at universities, hospitals, corporations, and nonprofit organizations sharing her commitment to create social change, shift perspectives, raise awareness, and ultimately inspire a movement to end abuse globally.


Jessica Yaffa: An Inspiration to All Young Women.  Jessica Yaffa has shared her inspirational story with my sorority quite a few times now, and it gives me chills every single time I hear it. She has an incredible ability to relate to her audience and illustrate how domestic violence can happen to anyone. Her story reveals just the right amount of details without going too graphic, but she WILL tell you exactly how she was abused; I believe her explanations give her story life and a reason to talk about the dangers of domestic violence instead of simply keeping quiet. “Shatter the Silence. Stop the Violence” is a slogan used by Take Back the Night and Jessica is definitely proof that talking about domestic violence will make a difference. -Madison Harris, University of San Diego, Alpha Chi Omega VP Philanthropy

Jessica's story is powerful and riveting.  My jaw was dropped and my eyes half filled with tears through her entire presentation.  Every professional needs to hear Jessica Yaffa. -Therapist

Serra High School was grateful and deeply impressed with your powerful message for youth!!! Thank you for all of the valuable information about dating violence and the damages of abuse! All 405 students in attendance we deeply moved! -Stacy Brennan - Counselor

"Jessica is the most dedicated individual I have ever met to the cause of Domestic Violence. I don't know how she has the time but every time I turn around she is donating her time, experience, expertise and wisdom with a never ending determination to help those suffering from relationship violence and sexual abuse. I have asked Jessica to present to various populations collaboratively with me from the prospective of a domestic violence advocate and speaker. Jessica and I will work collectively for all the years to come no matter where each of us end up. Top notch, nothing less." -Christopher Bennett, CADC-II, CIP, BRI-I

"This was the best presentation I've ever received. I had no idea that the signs of relationship abuse occur in so many facets even without the presence of physical violence. I feel empowered to have more conversations with my friends and to talk about the value and worth every woman deserves to feel in a relationship. This presentation changes lives."-Kaitlyn, SDSU Student
"Jessica's presentation is so inspirational. It reminded me to always remember that I have value and I don't need to look to a relationship for that fulfiment. Please don't ever stop sharing your story!"-Milan, SDSU Student
"I knew this presentation would be powerful, I had no idea it would change my life. As a result of this presentation I now realize that I've been in an emotionally abusive relationship for 3 years and will be taking the first steps to get of it today because of the work Jessica is doing."-Anonymous, ASU Student
"Engaging, inspirational, educational, powerful, and motivating. I can't wait until Jessica comes back, there are so many people I want to bring that need to hear this message."-Courtney, ASU Student
Jessica Yaffa has truly brought the topic of Domestic Violence from behind closed doors, to let her audience know that it can happen to anyone, no matter your race, education or socio-economic background.  I could feel her passion and drive to educate and help others.-Eloise Gene-Black CADCII, Betty Ford Center
I have had the opportunity to hear Jessica Yaffa speak on more than one occassion, and have found her to be an engaging and compelling speaker! She is well prepared and has the ability to share her experiences in a way that draws you into the subject. I highly recommend her as a speaker! -J. Jones

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