“I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking time to come to our club and to speak to students at Coronado High School. Your message was so impactful and your energy lit up the room."
--Brianna Heinken, CHS UNICEF Club President
A two-time published author, Ms. Jessica Yaffa, is an internationally-recognized healthy relationships expert, speaker, trainer, and coach. With a degree in sociology from the University of San Diego, California, and more than 2 decades of experience, Ms. Yaffa holds several positions of leadership within the mental health community: Co-founder and President of the nationally-recognized non-profit, No Silence, No Violence, President of The San Diego Domestic Violence Council, and President of Jessica Yaffa, LLC. She has been featured on several high-profile talk shows, as well as in numerous publications in print and on the Web.
As a survivor of extreme domestic violence, Ms. Yaffa has dedicated her professional life to improving the lives of thousands of women, children, and men. Securing her place among the top ranks of thought leaders and domestic violence experts, she is shifting the way we view, talk about, and address relationship abuse.
After extensive work in the private rehabilitation sector, intervention services, and numerous community initiative programs, Ms. Yaffa recognized the profound need for prevention, education, and professional training surrounding topics of relationship abuse. It was because of this need that Ms. Yaffa began traveling the country, speaking to universities, government agencies, attorneys, treatment centers, hospitals, mental health professionals, and first responders.
She has developed unique training and certification programs for professionals and transformative, inspiring workshops that speak to the community.
Perhaps the pivotal moment of her career thus far was the epiphany that her vast knowledge of dysfunctional relationships offered her unique insight and an intimate understanding of the dynamics of healthy relationships. She realized that, through reverse logic, the exact systems that break down a relationship can actually build it up.
Understanding that unhealthy relationships and healthy relationships are two sides of the same coin, Ms. Yaffa became a certified relationship coach, offering private coaching for individuals and couples to help them realize and affirm their true value, find freedom in vulnerability, and step into their authentic selves.
Her expertise expanded to include relationships in the workplace and she has helped numerous corporations and organizations embrace cultural diversity, address communication issues, and increase emotional intelligence at all levels of the organizational hierarchy.
It is here, at the helm of a movement to eliminate relationship abuse and strengthen the bonds that tie us together, that Ms. Yaffa has triumphed over tragedy.
“I have had the opportunity to hear Jessica Yaffa speak on more than one occasion, 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!”"
A FILLING THE VOID
A PRESENTATION FOR WOMEN
Jessica shares her powerful story, as a young woman going off to college, soon finding herself trapped in the confines of a relationship that would change her life forever. This presentation focuses on the “void” that many young women attempt to fill by moving from one unhealthy relationship to the next, only to find that this void still remains. It is the identifying of what this “void” represents, and our working to fill it not with another person, but with feelings of value, self-worth, and acceptance as we begin to repair what no one else can.
WRECKAGE IN THE WORKPLACE
A PRESENTATION FOR COMPANIES
Jessica targets this keynote for companies and organizations that recognize the importance of supporting their employees that are in destructive relationships. Jessica works to educate the audience surrounding how domestic violence affects work environments, reporting obligations, workplace safety, and caring for co-workers and employees that we suspect may be dealing with abuse at home.
TAKING A STAND
A PRESENTATION FOR ALL AUDIENCES
Jessica targets this presentation for communities that recognize the importance of supporting their neighbors/friends/loved ones that are in destructive relationships. Jessica works to educate the audience surrounding how domestic violence affects community environments, reporting obligations, safety planning, and caring for community members that we suspect may be dealing with abuse at home.
I’M A TEEN AND I’M IN LOVE
A PRESENTATION FOR TEENS
In this presentation, inspirational speaker Jessica Yaffa uses her own story to exemplify how and why so many teens/young adults end up in abusive relationships. As a teen, Jessica fell for the first boy who told her she was beautiful. The attention he gave her filled her with a sense of value and self-esteem that was lacking. She thought, “He must love me if he gets jealous of my other friendships and relationships”, a red flag that many teens misunderstand. Throughout this presentation, Jessica will focus on identifying unhealthy relationship traits, red flags, warning signs, how to reach out for help, and what to do if you or a friend believes that he/she may be in an abusive or unhealthy relationship. This presentation focuses on educating, inspiring, and empowering teen girls to build their self-esteem and find their value in order to be in a position to enter healthy relationships.
A PRESENTATION FOR ALL AUDIENCES
"The capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions,
and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically."
In this workshop Jessica explores how our growing up, cultural influences, societal norms and relationship experiences contribute to how it is that we express ourselves verbally as well as non-verbally. In addition, this workshop will allow participants to become aware of how positive communication, vulnerability, relational awareness and the way in which we experience internal dialogue all have a direct impact on how we show up in our relationships, whether they be with family, friends, work or intimate partnerships.
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