Meet Kimya Motley
"When ONE woman shares the pain of her heart, it empowers millions of others to heal. They will say, "If she can do it, so can I.' When we start doing this, we can heal the world."
A survivor of domestic violence, Kimya N. Motley has turned her personal tragedies into triumphs, as she has devoted herself to helping others escape danger and re-establish their lives. She works to lift up women and girls as an inspirational speaker, author and activist. As the Chief Executive Officer for Haven of Light International, Inc., she leads a faith-based effort to restore families after domestic violence, and she spearheaded the movement to revive the once defunct domestic violence task force in Newton County, Georgia.
To truly eradicate domestic violence, Motley believes you must hold the perpetrator accountable, respect their humanity and create space for their healing, so the cycle ends. She now works towards that vision and promotes healthy manhood as a trainer with the national organization, A CALL TO MEN.
Motley earned her Bachelor of Sciences in a dual program with the College of Family and Consumer Sciences and the College of Education from the University of Georgia, and received a Master of Sciences in Counseling Psychology from The University of Missouri.
With over 20 years of teaching experience in the Georgia public-school system, Motley was named Teacher of the Year for Rosebud Elementary and served on the Teacher Advisory Council to the Gwinnett County School System’s Superintendent. In the same year, she received resolutions from both the State Senator and Mayor of Snellville.
Motley has been nationally recognized for her success as a dedicated leader for victims’ rights and healing. In her first few years as a leading domestic violence advocate, she received a commendation from Former Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and was named an Everyday Hero by The Investigation Discovery Channel for her work in her pursuit of equal rights for victims. As a result of her work in the state of Georgia, Motley was awarded the Gender Justice Award by the Georgia Commission on Family Violence in September 2019.
She also received Resolution 1404 from the Georgia House of Representatives and the Nikki T. Randall Servant Leadership Award from Representative Pam Dickerson. Additionally, Gwinnett County District Attorney, Danny Porter, awarded Motley the Victim’s Voice Award for her “integral role” in passing Marsy’s Law for Georgia as she “tirelessly advocated” for Georgia and Gwinnett’s crime victims.
To educate others through her own experiences as a brave survivor, Motley released her memoir, Born of Violence, which within a month of its release made it to number four on the Amazon Hot New Releases List for Partner Abuse and has been featured on Good Day Atlanta. Born of Violence is not only an inspiring account of survival, but it is also a moving call to action for victims of Domestic Violence.
Her story was featured on The Red Table Talk Show with Jada Pinkett Smith, The Rachael Ray Show and is now used in domestic violence training videos for the National Football League to educate all 32 teams.
Motley’s passion is to increase safety for victims and survivors of domestic violence, enhance accountability of batterers, and make systemic policy changes locally, nationally and internationally to eliminate gender inequality and end domestic violence.