About UsAwareness and Advocacy
Boots on the ground centered community awareness and advocacy
Our CEO/Our History
In 2008, a married mother of 3 took the bold step of leaving a holistically abusive relationship for good. At the time, she was going through many personal and professional challenges, including job loss, unstable living conditions, and a lack of adequate transportation.
In 2010, while continuing to pursue tangible resources for herself and her children, she candidly began sharing her story with individuals and organizations who took an interest in not only helping her, but asked if she would speak to others in similar situations. This sparked her passion for helping survivors of domestic violence. She began her walk and talk through speaking at events, attending therapy sessions for her own healing, receiving formal advocacy training, and focusing on resource coordination. Her grassroots efforts for awareness and advocacy took a life of its own. It gave her life meaning and purpose.
The mother of this story is none other than our Founder and CEO, Joyce Kyles. With the support of her family, help from close friends and colleagues, and a financial gift from an inspired social media follower, Joyce Kyles built on her college education and professional training to formally create Walking Into A New Life. She believes it is her life’s purpose and continues to seek strategic, innovative ways to holistically serve and support those impacted by the intersections of abuse.
Since the formation of a board, advisors, and volunteers, WIANL has expanded its reach to survivors through grassroots advocacy, educational, training, and social events, sponsorships, and partnering with organizations on a local and national level who work in cross sections of domestic violence awareness and justice.
Providing awareness and support for over 10 Years
Our Founder and CEO
Joyce Kyles is an award winning, internationally credentialed speaker, 2x Amazon best selling author, advocate, and survivor of domestic abuse. Combining more than 20 years of professional training and personal experiences, she maintains her commitment to a boots on the ground style of community advocacy. She continues to educate herself on ways she can innovatively support underserved and marginalized communities. Her humbling accolades, awards, and freelance writing opportunities include features in Huffington Post, Mogul, The Memphis Flyer, Tri-State Defender, Black Press USA, the New Orleans Tribune, The Welcome Greenbook for Black Tourists, and being named the 2017 Crime Victim Advocate of the Year.