Rebel Thriver

Inspiring a Revolution in your Evolution

Our Mission

Our mission is to inspire, and empower survivors of domestic violence. We are dedicated to cultivating hope & helping them reclaim their lives after the trauma.  Rebel Thriver exists to inspire encourage, educate, advocate, and offer support for survivors so they can create healthy and abundant lives full of hope for a better tomorrow.

Rebel Thriver is a registered 501c3, Not-for-Profit Organization

🦋 Please remember that Rebel Thriver is a Not-for-Profit Org. it is through donations & sales from our store that we are able to continue bringing you exclusive content & a SAFE online community. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

🦋 The platform is free until Jan 1st when we will start with a monthly membership fee of $3 USD a month to help fund our outreach for domestic violence survivors & keep the org. afloat.

It’s long been our dream to have this for our amazing Tribe, a place of our very own. A place to feel SAFE. We own all the content & have complete oversight. I ask you to please trust me on this new adventure & I do hope to see you there!

Sign up today & create your profile. This platform feels a bit like Facebook, but it’s SO much better! There we have exclusive content that you will not find anywhere else, as well as all of our groups. It’s truly DYNAMIC & we have so much room to grow! The platform also is home to the Thriver’s Ed. Dept, which is home to our courses, coaching & workshops.⠀

One of the things that I like the most is the community chat feature that allows everyone on the platform to join in. Please give it a spin! Join via your computer OR there is even an APP for your phone! Holla when you arrive because that is where you can find your tribe!  ⠀

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From Our Founder


I, too, am a survivor of domestic violence, and it was my own experience that drove me to create Rebel Thriver. It was my mission to try to fill the void for support that I found after I left my abusive marriage. Our vision is to implement sustainable programs that will help survivors of abuse reclaim their lives. We strive to impact lasting change by advocating for new legislation and shining a light in the darkness.  Your donation means everything to us and the women that we are able to help. Thank you for helping us help others.

Ella Hicks

Please Join Us!

Hand in Hand, is our 2022-2022 Fundraising Campaign.  As a non-profit, we depend on your support. Your donations coupled with the proceeds from all sales in our store go directly back into the development of sustainable programs to benefit our community. This includes workshops, retreats, mentoring, advocacy, and education. As the world continues to be affected by Covid-19 we have adapting to bring our programs to you virtually.

‘Hand in Hand,’ is a phrase that we often use in our goodnight posts. We want you to know that no matter what you may be going through you are not alone. We have adopted a quote by Ram Dass, “We are all just walking each other home,” as a tagline for our tribe. No matter where you are, no matter how far, there is always a hand here for you to hold. 


We Care. We Understand. We are Making a Difference.

Our Four Pillars for Progress


It is our goal to advocate for survivors of DV whenever the opportunity opens up. We help survivors connect to necessary help in their geographical area and we support legislation that benefits survivors. Right now we are working to help get the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) signed back into Law. This is imperative for all survivors.


Leading by example is one of the pillars of our existence. We believe that survivors who have found their voice and have progressed on their healing journey are the best role models for other victims and survivors of DV. Knowing that others have gotten out and reclaimed their lives is proof postive that if someone else can do it then so can they. It is a powerful example of HOPE that is essential.


Community is at the heart of Rebel Thriver. We are an active community with large followings on both Instagram and Facebook.  In addition, we have a page on Facebook geared to Parents and children called, Rebel Thriver Jr. Most notably, we just launched our own community membership platform where we offer groups, classes, mentoring, coaching, and connection all in a private and safe setting, which is paramount for us.



In order smash the cultural stigma that surrounds DV, education is key. Our aim is to educate the general public about what DV is and how it may appear in their lives. We also work tirelessly to help survivors understand  their own experiences, and give them the much needed tools to reconnect to themselves so that they can reclaim their lives and learn to thrive. Our First Foundation course, Understanding Domestic Violence, is available to everyone in our Thriver’s Ed Department on our new platform .

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What We are Watching on Netflix

Survivors of domestic violence don’t have many options when it comes to viewing TV shows or movies that realistically portray a little of what we have endured in real life. Maid, is a new show on NETFLIX that serves to address just this by holding up a mirror to victims and survivors, and by shining a light on DV.

This mini series is based on Stephanie Land’s 2019 memoir,
Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive. 

Maid is the story of Alex, a young woman who, in the opening scene, wakes up in the middle of the night, sneaks out of bed where her husband Sean is sleeping, and carries their 2-year-old daughter, Maddie, to the car, preparing to drive off. We don’t know where she’s headed, and neither does she.

Is this triggering for survivors? I would say yes to a degree. Alex’s story isn’t a violent one, but rather the story of a single moms struggle to keep it together, and raise her daughter in a safe space.

I recommend this 10 part series because it does give a window into the struggle that so many survivors experience. It’s hard navigating the time after you leave a DV situation; finding safe housing, jobs, help from social services, and navigating the judicial system is tricky, and there is no manual.

Alex really needed Rebel Thriver to support her as she worked to find her footing, and start on the path of healing.

On a personal note: My divorce from my abusive ex-husband cost over 80K. In the end, after a landmark DV court case, my attorney’s said to me, “We are sorry, but the law has failed you. If you see him coming, grab the kids, jump in the car, and get out of there.” It really isn’t as easy as some people think, which is why we work so tirelessly to educate. Every time I hear someone ask, “Why didn’t she just leave?” I get so frustrated. Education is needed for ignorance to disappear. 


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Help us help others

Domestic Violence Statistics:

  • On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.
  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner contact sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking with impacts such as injury, fearfulness, post-traumatic stress disorder, use of victim services, contraction of sexually transmitted diseases, etc.
  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. This includes a range of behaviors (e.g. slapping, shoving, pushing) and in some cases might not be considered “domestic violence.”
  • 1 in 7 women and 1 in 25 men have been injured by an intimate partner.
  • 1 in 10 women have been raped by an intimate partner. Data is unavailable on male victims.
  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence (e.g. beating, burning, strangling) by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.
  • On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.
  • The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.
  • Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.
  • Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.
  • 19% of domestic violence involves a weapon.
  • Domestic victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior.
  • Only 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries.

Looking for a Practitioner?

Are you looking for a therapist who knows how to work with trauma? This search tool is from Psychology Today’s website and can help you find a trauma therapist in your area. (USA only)

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