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Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013 4:49 pm | Updated: 10:14 am, Thu Aug 29, 2013.

Domestic violence is a problem that hits all neighborhoods.

That’s why the Ahwatukee Community Network decided to host a panel of experts on domestic violence on Tuesday.

The panel, led by City Councilman Sal DiCiccio, discussed the city’s recently released roadmap to deal with domestic violence but also introduced a new local group called Empower Hour.

Jennifer Emperador, co-found of Empower Hour, is a survivor of domestic violence. She was molested as a young girl and then entered into an abusive relationship as an adult. As she went through the process of breaking free from that relationship she realized she’d repeat the same mistakes if she didn’t change herself. Now she’s working to share that message with others and help them through the same difficult change.

Empower Hour is a “social cause entrepreneurial venture” as Emperador and her co-founder Scott Clark like to call it.

“It’s an interesting dynamic and hopefully something that is taking hold in the world,” Clark said. “Our business is engaged to not only turn a profit but to give back to social causes. That’s why we set it up that way. We felt like if we set up a nonprofit we’d be holding fundraisers for a living and we don’t want to do that. Our intention is to hold free seminars in situations like shelters but then we’ll also have clients, workshops and e-courses to reach other people as well.”

Empower Hour utilizes a seven-step process for coaching people through transition.

“Last year I literally woke up from a dream and started writing things down from all my experiences,” Emperador said. “It came down to this model that I’ve put together called Empower. It’s time to make a change, time to be empowered. Based on that I just want to help people heal from their experiences. Whether you’re in an abusive situation or having relationship challenges the model works for any type of challenge. Because my heart goes toward these survivors and victims of abuse that’s the first category of clients we want to aim to. For them to take control of their lives they need to change themselves. When I figured that out it was total freedom.”

Clark and Emperador are not trained psychologists or counselors but hope to be another resource to help people going through a domestic abuse situation.

“When I was going through counseling it was once a week or every other week for an hour and I was telling my story, but I was never really given any steps of clarity for what I could do every day in the process and practical tools,” Emperador said. “That’s where the Empower model comes in. It’s geared to women or men in any challenges.”

The business is still getting started but Emperador and Clark are excited to get in front of groups and share their message. For more information on Empower Hour, visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/Discover.Your.Voice.of.Power or www.empower-hour.org.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com.

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