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July 20th, 2015

We cannot liberate victims; we can only educate them.  They must liberate themselves.


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We highly recommend reading the book A Light in Dark Places by Jennifer Graves and Emily Clawson. It’s a great example of the cycle of domestic violence. It can be purchased at

A Light in Dark Places


About Us

The ChainBreaker Foundation, a Utah-based, non-profit entity, helps victims stop the generational cycle of abuse through education, guidance and support. The foundation is an all-volunteer organization.

Joan Shippen started a domestic abuse program in 1998 while serving as a volunteer with the police department. Joan was in the process of putting her program into a foundation when she met Kristin Lamb. Kristin had already organized the ChainBreaker Foundation in 2003 as her platform for “Mrs. Utah.” Joan decided to put her program into the already existing foundation. Kristin currently serves on the board.


The ChainBreaker Foundation assists adult victims of all types of abuse–physical, sexual, spiritual, emotional, and verbal.  Our purpose is to provide education, guidance, and support.

To do this, the ChainBreaker Foundation provides free, educational classes every Tuesday night.  These classes are taught by various professionals who volunteer to come speak to us, including therapists, attorneys, physicians, judges, motivational speakers, and authors.  Classes are taught on various subjects.  Any adult, male or female, is welcome to attend.  The material is usually not appropriate for children, however, teenagers often come with their parents.

We also have trained volunteers who guide victims to the resources in the community and through the court system if necessary.  If a victim needs to go to court, volunteers will accompany them so they don’t have to go alone.

Some of our other resources include a library of appropriate books, an opportunity to contribute to the community through humanitarian projects, and free clothing.


If you attend any of the ChainBreaker classes or receive any kind of help from the ChainBreaker Foundation, it will be kept confidential.


Abuse is becoming more and more widespread.  Our goal is to educate victims.  Abuse often becomes a pattern that is passed on from generation to generation.  We hope that by educating victims, it will empower them to make the decisions necessary to get them, and possibly their children, out of abusive situations and to have a better life.  “We cannot liberate victims; we can only educate them.  They must liberate themselves.”

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the ChainBreaker Foundation, please contact Joan Shippen at (801) 234-0742.

For website questions, volunteer inquiries, or general comments and questions, you can send an e-mail to Joan can be reached through e-mail at

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What People Are Saying About ChainBreakers

Thank you so much for everything you have done in my behalf. The classes you offer are amazing and very beneficial! I thank you for the food and clothing I have received through your foundation. The books and handouts are amazing as well! I have learned so much and feel I am further ahead through the education I have received from this wonderful organization. I am definitely more confident. I am so thankful that the ChainBreaker Foundation exists and I am so thankful for everyone of you for educating me! I am so thankful that I can be the ChainBreaker in my family! I want you all to know how deeply grateful I am for each and everyone of you! Thank you—Thank you—Thank you!!!


I love this quote–

Every test in our life makes us “bitter or better.”
Every Problem comes to “break us or make us.”
The choice is our whether we become “victim of victor.”

Thanks to the ChainBreaker Foundation I have become a “victor”—instead of a “victim.”


Because of ChainBreakers my life is brighter and I feel like there is hope. I am getting “myself” back. The journey hasn’t been easy but it has been worth it. . . . Thank you . . . 


This is an amazing foundation that brings knowledge and comfort to those desiring to help themselves and future generations. The legacy of love will roll on and pay it forward into eternity. Thank you.


Thank you for providing an organization that helps women when they know that the way they have been living is no longer an option. I know you have seen so many blossom into beautiful, healthy, healed women. You change the world one meeting at a time.


Thank you for allowing me to be a member of ChainBreakers. My life is better because of your influence, love and kindness. I’m grateful for what is taught each week and how it can be implemented into my life. Thank you . . . 


Thank you for all you do to bless the lives, especially the hearts and minds, of so many broken souls. The classes I’ve been able to attend have given me clarity of mind and tools that have helped me in areas where I was totally dysfunctional. Thank you for the amazing Christmas party and all the friends I have made. Thank you, Thank you . . .


ChainBreaker Board and Volunteers:

I really want to thank you for all that you do. You have changed my life forever and I am so so grateful!!! Thank you so much . . .


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