Message from Founder

Neisha Simpson, M.A

Welcome! Meet Break Away’s founder Neisha Simpson. Neisha is a native from St. Louis, Missouri, and holds Bachelor’s in Psychology and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Fisk University. She is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Tennessee State University.

As a young girl, she witnessed domestic violence and unfortunately experienced sexual assault later in her college years. This tragic experience empowered her to give victims a voice, a choice, and a chance to reclaim their power and control.

Since middle school, she has been an active advocate for victims and survivors of domestic violence. Neisha has walked for those individuals who lost their lives, helped individuals find their voice, and most importantly, watched victims turn into resilient survivors. Thanks to her internship at the Jean Crow Advocacy and her domestic violence advocate role at Legal Aid Society, Roneisha’s passion for domestic violence grew, and she began to ask herself and God, “What more can I do?”. “In addition to the wonderful services that are available, what else could I bring to the table?”

That’s how she developed the Break Away: Renaissance Center. She envisioned Break Away to help victims heal with holistic interventions and preventions in mind and help provide skills that help heal the mind, body, and spirit.