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Always a Voice

Empowering Survivors of Abuse & Trauma

My “Why”:

After going through abuse and trauma some years ago, despair stripped me of hope. Through care, support and healthy coping skills, I have learned to embrace healing...and have given myself permission to be happy and to thrive once again. This is a mindful choice I choose to make every day...not "in spite of", but rather "because of" ALL that has brought me to this place. And to this moment in my life.

My "Magic":

Power and “magic” are found through embracing our own unique beauty—where we’ve been, and who we truly are. Each one of us is living in the present, yet daily we must deal with the fallout of our pasts and all that has has gone before. Sometimes we can forget that each day is an “after”—a sequel that hasn’t happened yet! Our journeys—our “todays”—are not hopelessly fused to the disappointments or failures we experienced (or caused!!) in the past. Each new day is a separate entity with limitless possibilities. And let's face it...we need a little magic and HOPE these days! 

Founder: Jill Annette Short

Domestic/Child Abuse Advocate/Speaker

Child Advocate for CASA of So. MD

Mrs. Maryland International 2020

Here is a little bit about me and why I do what I do:

🌻Born to missionary parents, I lived much of my childhood in the beautiful but underprivileged islands of Micronesia. Those early years taught me how diverse and special our world is and how important it is to embrace outreach and community service--and to LOVE outside the box!

🌻Throughout my adult life, I have lived out my belief that hard work, dedication, and DREAMING BIG is the only way to true success. I am married to my best friend, Ray, and am the proud mother of ten and even prouder grandmother of eight—my deepest inspiration stemming from my faith in God, and from the love I feel for and from my family. 

🌻I am an international interpreter/translator of three Micronesian languages, translating legal/government documents and books, as well as interpreting for court cases, social and medical appointments, and emergency situations. Along with my translation business, I enjoy being involved in my community—as does my family.

🌻With a degree in counseling and theology, I am a published author, motivational speaker, volunteer, and formerly served on the board of directors for the Center for Abused Persons® (CAP). In 2016 I founded my non-profit organization/support group, Always a Voice, offering education, encouragement and resources for survivors of domestic violence and other forms of trauma. It is my continued goal to accomplish as much as is physically possible in support of my continued platform: Domestic Abuse Awareness and Prevention.


🌻Note: I am a work-in-progress...and humbly count it a blessing to use my "mess" to shine the spotlight on God's mercy, grace and Higher Purpose!! I do not claim to be a perfect rolemodel. Far, far from it!! I am merely a person who would love to see beauty come from ashes.  

🌻Please don't hesitate to reach out to me if you know of ANY need or opportunity you feel I could be of help with/for in our community (and beyond)!

With Love,


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#hopeiscontagious #victimtovictor

#thrive #nevertoolate #enddv #Ican

#nonnegotiable #onpurpose #hope