About Pass the Beauty, Inc.
Pass the Beauty, Inc. is an integral partner in creating a Nashville which is safe from violence and a more positive, empowered, and connected community. Founded by survivor of domestic violence and community hub Cintoria Franklin, PTB Inc. focuses on empowering men, women, and children of all ages to live lives free from violence and abuse, whether it be intimate partner violence, caretaker abuse, or bullying. Through a combination of one-on-one mentoring, fun and exciting community outreach events, and advocacy, training, and education, Pass the Beauty Inc. has created a community in which members feel able to live their most empowered, free lives. Our community events and anti-violence walks have created a visible footprint in the Nashville community, allowing for us to serve as a trusted resource to those who may be seeking help in finding freedom from violence. Many of our staff and volunteers are survivors of domestic violence or bullying themselves, allowing for them to connect and relate to our clients and program participants. PTB Inc. brings a human touch to violence prevention, uplifting survivors’ voices and helping them find agency on their path to finding freedom and safety. We serve more than 300 families a year in their journey to safety.
An estimated 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will experience physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner, friend, or family member during their lifetime. PTB serves victims of intimate partner violence and bullying across Nashville’s many neighborhoods. The majority of our clients are BIPOC women living at or below the poverty line---many are experiencing homelessness or the threat of losing stable housing should they leave their current relationships. Frequently our clients are also in need of connection with stable employment, government benefits, and mental health counseling. We are able to be successful in our work due to the strength of the community connections we build in the neighborhoods we serve. Our clients know that our staff and volunteers live and work in their own neighborhoods, and can relate to their struggle in supportive, non-judgmental ways while providing them with resources relevant to their own needs and experiences. The services we provide our survivors include:
-One-on-one mentorship and counseling for domestic violence survivors, including connection to resources around housing, employment, and financial counseling.
-Community programs and survivor-lead support groups focused on building systems of nuturing and caring for domestic violence and bullying victims.
-Popular community outreach events such as block parties, walks, and makeover days which bring together community members in a fun and low stakes environment to connect, learn about our work and seek resources, and increase awareness around DV issues.
-Trainings focused on teaching community connector such as teachers, hairdressers, doctors and healthcare providers the signs of domestic violences and resources in the community for those they know who may be suffering.