Girls Exercising Mindful Solutions (GEMS) was founded by Whitley English. A survivor of domestic violence, and mistreated at the hands of an unjust legal system when she sought protection, Whitley realized that her community lacked capacity to provide help, support, or advocacy for women in similar situations. She has worked as a peer support specialist, and is also a community health worker, concentrating on direct services for women at-risk or victims of violence and abuse.
Watch the following 2-part interview, Domestic Violence Up Close: Whitley's Story, with The Asheville View's Kahlani Jackson where Whitley recounts her experience and reflects on how it's changed her.
Domestic Violence Up Close: Whitley's Story: Part 1
Domestic Violence Up Close: Whitley's Story: Part 2