About Us

Sarah Speaks Up advocates domestic violence awareness in every way possible. We inspire positive changes in people’s lives.

Mission Statement

To encourage, empower, strengthen and support victims and survivors of domestic violence. To provide education and advance awareness and prevention in our community.

Sarah’s Message

Sarah’s story goes beyond being a survivor. Her message is about overcoming adversity, defying the odds, and staying positive when the world feels like it’s crashing down around you. Sarah Speaks Up supports women, children, men, and families living free of every kind of abuse. In a society where discussions of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and spousal abuse are not supposed to be openly reviewed, Sarah Speaks Up.

If you would like Sarah Gallardo to speak for your organization or event, please contact her for availability and fee structure.

In Great Company

Sarah Speaks Up partners with various institutions to provide the highest level of support to victims of domestic violence. Apart from the Soroptimist International of Farmington Valley, reSET of Hartford, CT, and Believe. Inspire. Grow. (B.I.G.), if you are in need of help please contact:

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)

Main Office
One Broadway, Suite B210
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: (303) 839-1852
Fax: (303) 831-9251
Email: mainoffice@ncadv.org
Call the National Domestic Violence Confidential, 24/7 Hotline
For Confidential help 24/7, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) | 1-800-787-3224 (Text Telephone)

Sarah Gallardo

Sarah Gallardo, Founder

After surviving 10 years of domestic violence at the hands of her ex-husband, Sarah managed to get back on her feet and become a certified domestic violence counselor at the Prudence Crandall Center in New Britain, Connecticut. The single mother has completely turned her back on that abusive relationship and has vowed to help people who suffer the same fate. She shares her story in newspaper, radio, and television interviews. See her and another survivor in the film, Trauma to Triumph, which is being shown on Vimeo™.

Currently, Sarah is in the process of completing her memoir and another book compiling the stories of other survivors. She is a living example of the fact that people can change their lives and flourish in the wake of domestic violence.

Sarah grew up in Berlin, Connecticut, graduated from Berlin High School in 1999, and studied vocal performance for one year at Berklee College of Music. She has studied Criminology and Public Relations at Central Connecticut State University.

Sarah Has Been Recognized With the Following Awards:

  • Live Your Dream Award, Soroptimist International of Farmington Valley, CT (2015)
  • Women of Inspiration Award, CT Sun of the WNBA™ (2015)
  • First 100 Men and Women Award, Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) (2015)