Forty Over 40: Roxanne Epperson Founder of WAAR is on a Mission to Prevent Women from Becoming Victims of Abuse


Roxanne Epperson Founder of Women Against Abusive Relationships (WAAR)

Women Against Abusive Relationships (WAAR) is an awareness, education, and prevention program. They teach participants how to identify the signs of abusive behavior and how a healthy relationship looks. They also offer empowerment activities through their Healing Space to help participants make informed choices necessary for healthy relationships and self-sufficiency after experiencing intimate partner violence. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Healing Space launched as the Healing Space Live & Online Podcast.

WAAR’s mission is to break the cycle of violence against women and girls and aid in their healing process.

After surviving an abusive relationship that almost took her life, and multiple sexual assaults and rape, she became passionately committed to ending violence in women and girls’ lives. Roxanne realized that her survival was a blessing from God that allows her to use a life-threatening experience to prevent others from suffering the same. “You did not deserve it, and it was not your fault even if the perpetrator says it was.” “Ignore the stereotypes or the stigma that if you go to therapy you’re crazy…actually you’re showing courage and you are taking the first step towards healing.” “I turned my sour lemons into sweet juicy lemonade.”

Healing Space Live & Online

The Healing Space Live & Online: Chats with Roxanne and Rhonda provides in-depth conversations with professionals, i.e., therapists, social workers, entrepreneurs, etc., authors, and women who have experienced varied forms of violence such as childhood sexual assault, molestation, rape, human trafficking, teen dating violence, and domestic violence. Cultivating the healing process for these beautiful women is the overarching goal of the Podcast. Each episode will begin with a Something to Think About quote. Guest speakers will provide evidence-based research and stories of personal abuse experiences to help our listeners understand the complexities of violence against women and girls. Guest speakers will talk about healthy relationships so that listeners will gain an understanding of how building and sustaining a healthy relationship has a positive intergenerational effect. Guest speakers will encourage self-love. Would you like to be a guest speaker? Contact us at

Learn about healthy relationships, the healing process, and more through our weekly podcast and monthly live panel discussions. Check us out on your favorite Podcast station including Pandora, Apple Podcasts, Audible, Spotify, and more. Or you can watch episodes on our YouTube channel waarheals.

What is known about domestic violence?

Domestic violence — also known as intimate partner violence — occurs between people who are or have been in a close relationship. Domestic violence can take many forms, including emotional, sexual, and physical abuse, stalking, and threats of abuse. It can happen in heterosexual or same-sex relationships.

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