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Who is Speaking at Unite in Light DV Conference?

Updated: Sep 10, 2022

April T Giauque


What is the Unite in Light DV Conference?


Meet the Speakers




Three years ago, I wanted to shine a light on the focus of Domestic Violence. I didn’t like what was happening in many of the conferences, and so I felt prompted to develop my own.

For three years and for nearly eight nights in October, we broadcast out to the world a message of hope for anyone who is

  1. Healing from abuse

  2. Wishes to prevent abuse

  3. Or is out and wishes to support someone who is still trapped.


WHY UNITE IN LIGHT?


We are all Light. When we Unite the Light inside us, we amplify power, energy, and love to others. Changing the face of Domestic Violence starts with shining a light on the subject, holding tough conversations, and choosing to change, heal, and GET REAL!

LET'S UNITE IN LIGHT and SHINE BRIGHT!


We will meet every TUESDAY and THURSDAY Night in OCTOBER 2022 for 45 minutes. You have options to come for all 8 nights or just come when you can. It is set up with that flexibility.


Replays will be through my YouTube channel, Beacon of Light Podcast, April Tribe Giauque.

By getting a ticket, you get the FREE resource that can save your life. CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT!


MEET the SPEAKER!


Andrea Merriman: Prevention Tuesday, October 4, 2022


I disrupt the normalcy of DV, coach and train leaders, and provide H.E.L.P.


Andrea D. Merriman is a Creative Harmony Coach and Master Domestic Violence H.E.L.P.© Coach that will help you clarify your purpose to create self-harmony and take ownership of your life.

She’s survived several family tragedies. She works through the pain of her loss with purpose and passion. Clothed in strength she nurtures her family while sharing her philosophy and techniques with women from their youth up.

Andrea designed the Jennifer Y. Merriman H.E.L.P.© program because of the increasing risk of dating and domestic violence. The H.E.L.P. program offers hope, empowerment, life skills, and prevention methods to women of all ages.

The Jennifer Y. Merriman H.E.L.P. Program was designed for victims of Domestic Violence and those at risk that are ready to live independently and free from harm and abuse.

1. Hope: understanding there is life after abuse and forgiveness

2. Empowerment: Will give tools needed to make decisions with power and understanding;

3. Life Skills

4. Prevention: learn skills to recognize domestic violence and decrease the chances of toxic relationships

H.E.L.P.




Keely Crook: RED FLAGS Oct 6th


Keely was born and raised in Wisconsin. She is a leader in her community and has a strong desire to help others find their way out of abusive relationships. Keely lost her own sister to domestic violence, and she wants to inspire and empower people to escape the cycle of abuse.


She was being boiled alive in her relationship until she jumped out of the water and saved herself.

I inspire and empower both women and men to escape the cycle of abuse.

1. Identify toxic behaviors

2. Tools to help identify abuse

3. Being able to understand when it is time to leave a relationship


My Walk My Way



Rachel Brooks: Move Through Trauma Oct 11th


I’m Rachel Brooks, a published Author of the 3x global award-winning book, Chasing Perfection, Host of The Confident Woman Podcast, and Creator + Founder of I Am Athletics, a lifestyle activewear brand for The Confident Woman.


Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror without recognizing the reflection staring back at you? You ask yourself, "who am I? How did I get here?"

You have the power to create your own story.

Let Go. Redefine. Create. I'll help you move through the trauma.

Chasing Perfection




Donna Scott: Healing Oct 13th


Donna Scott is a licensed marriage and family therapist who combines her professional experience and training with compassion and insight from God’s word.

For over 30 years, Donna has provided Christian counseling to help those with hurting hearts heal. As a speaker, Donna provides tangible, practical tools to improve relationships and quality of life. She desires to live a life worthy of the calling she has received from God. Donna lives in San Diego, California, with her family.


The Tapestry of Trauma, Transforming the Tangles of Childhood Sexual Abuse into God's Masterpiece.

Break Free from the Past's Grip on Your Life to Experience Peace in Your Present.

1) Identify and understand your triggers.

2) Discover ways to express your pain safely.

3) Choose one skill designed to help you manage your pain.

The Tapestry of Trauma



Panel Discussion: Men Make the Difference Oct 18th


Gathering together a group of Men and discussing with them how they are key to helping their brothers change really puts the focus on the power of men and what they can do.

Domestic Violence is NOT a Women's Issue. It's a Man's issue, a family issue, and a society's issue.


Chris Schimel

Men who are Community supporters - Raised in a blended family by a physically and emotionally absent father, and a distant overworked mother, my childhood was


characterized by abandonment and a shattered self-image.

I was a victim of the most subtle and deceiving domestic violence: emotional trauma resulting in behaviors that seemed to have no basis. But then God showed up. Consequently, I have great empathy for people ravaged by domestic violence and living out behaviors that are ravaging our world.

He has shown me a scriptural pathway to healing and wholeness. Join me so that together, we can help point people toward this healing and restoring pathway.



Scott Vicini:


Having worked with both perpetrators and their victims, I bring an understanding of both the origins and the solutions that are necessary to turn the tide of abusive behavior. We must teach how to avoid perpetuating the model of servitude, judgment, and criticism and turn towards curiosity and appreciation for each individual's unique qualities and perspective. This starts in the home and can expand into the community.


Become an observer of behavior more than just words, educate yourself to recognize and receive the subtle message their behavior communicates, and Believe the message.


Dewayne Hinnant:


For those of you who don’t know me, I’m C. Dewayne Hinnant. I’m the author of The Ripple Effect: The Lasting Effects of Domestic Violence. I was born in Kenly, North Carolina. I’m so honored to be back here in Eastern North Carolina, home of the best BBQ… I’m here to speak about an issue I feel very strongly about, Domestic Violence.

As a parent, it would behoove us to educate and make our children aware of potential dangers, both seen and unseen. I wanted to see a better world for the women I know and the ones in my family.

Since becoming an advocate, the most significant adjustment has been being married and being an advocate. I later discovered I had been married three times before to women who had been abused. I didn’t realize how difficult it was to help and be in a relationship with someone when they weren’t fully healed from being abused. Having a mate that was a survivor of Domestic Violence provides excellent insight on how to advocate.


Thank you, C. Dewayne Hinnant, Chris Schimel, and Scott Vicini, for being the men you are and standing up to the abuse!


Estelle Gibson: Freedom & Finances Oct 20th


Estelle Gibson is a CPA and Financial, Business, and Life Coach. She’s committed to helping women break free from financial dependency and overwhelm by empowering them to move past their limiting beliefs and implement powerful money strategies.

Estelle presented her first TED talk in 2019 and is a member of Toastmasters International. She is also the author of an upcoming book to help women take the courageous journey from Financial Dependency to Financial Freedom.

With over 35 years of professional experience as a CPA, she’s worked with individuals and companies, from small privately-owned businesses to Fortune 500 companies in various industries.


Break free from fear, confusion, and self-sabotage with money, and learn how to manage your money in simple customized ways!

I help women going through a major life change or challenge break free from financial dependency and overwhelm so they can rebuild their lives financially and emotionally and live the life of their dreams.

Rewrite Your Money Story



Illa Lynn: Exit Plans Oct 25th


Illa Lynn is a Transformation Life Coach and Mental Health Advocate for women. As a survivor of narcissistic abuse herself, she is on a mission to help women globally reclaim their freedoms and become empowered empaths.

As a Relationship Coach, she serves women in restoring their authenticity and opening their hearts to Love.

Her book "Unlock Authentic You" encompasses ten aspects of her own healing journey toward finding who she is. As she says, it is a guide for any woman starting over in Life and wishing to have tangible steps to follow toward self-love and self-acceptance.


HOW TO OPEN YOUR HEART AGAIN- Healing the aftermath of DV and finding love after abuse.

1. Accepting the reality of DV is a catalyst for everything else that will follow. Realize that the ongoing abuse alters the brain's capacity to think rationally, and that's why so many do not take action.

2. Cognitive Dissonance is a side effect of gaslighting and stonewalling- And it can be overcome by specific steps like tracking the conversation by recording or writing it down.

3. Educating oneself on how to become an empowered empath and learn the yellow and gray rock method. Set a plan in motion to get out safely. Get clarity that there is life after DV and that will right support system freedom is obtainable.

Uncover Authentic you



April T Giauque: Ultimate Supporter Oct 27th


I am a Ghostwriter, amplifier, and podcaster. I am also a victor over Domestic Violence and walk a healing journey as a Beacon of Light. When we connect, income, impact, and influence are the result.

April Tribe Giauque has a passion for showing stories and how they connect humanity together. She is a writer for hire in ghostwriting, editing, and coaching. Speaking from the heart, her powerful story captivates her audience about surviving and forgiveness.


She is an action taker who blesses the lives of many types of abuse victims. Her published works, Pinpoints of Light: Escaping the Abyss of Abuse, give real hope to anyone in domestic violence to know there is a way out, and with Out of Darkness, healing wholeheartedly is possible.


Trapped. I was in Domestic Violence for 9.5 with no hope of getting out—the abyss.

The abyss of abuse is different for everyone, but the deep, dark inky mess is one thing in common. There is no hope but for a pinpoint of light.