"Rebuilding Healthy Families After Domestic Violence Through God's Empowerment"
Escape Now!

DO NOT use your computer at home to access websites dealing with domestic violence. Computer use can easily be monitored by your abuser. Click the "Escape Now" button to go to a safe website.

For immediate assistance, call 911 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-SAFE (7233) or TTY (800) 787-3224




What is Domestic Violence?

"Domestic violence is the use of power and control by an abuser to invoke fear and compliance in the victim"
- Kimya Motley, Founder and President of HOLI




Credit: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

1 every 14 Hours

In America, one woman is fatally shot by a spouse, ex-spouse or dating partner every 14 hours.

1 in 3 Women AND 1 in 4 Men

1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.

20 per minute

On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States.

1 in 15

1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence - National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Psalm 27:1 and 5 - The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid? For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.
Escape Now!

DO NOT use your computer at home to access websites dealing with domestic violence. Computer use can easily be monitored by your abuser. Click the "Escape Now" button to go to a safe website.

For immediate assistance, call 911 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-SAFE (7233) or TTY (800) 787-3224


To eradicate domestic violence in every community throughout the world so that families can live in homes filled with love, peace, respect and unity.


Haven of Light seeks to build healthy families through a relationship with Jesus Christ and believes that lasting change is only possible through Him.

We are transforming families with God's love in an atmosphere of restoration, healing, forgiveness, and hope.


Our founder, Kimya Motley has experienced family violence during the course of her lifetime. She accepted those situations as part of the normal progression of life. On September 20, 2011, all of that changed. She was shot by her ex-husband four times in the back of the head, neck, face, and back with a .38 caliber pistol. Additionally, he shot her then 10 -year old daughter, once, at point blank range in the head. Neither were expected to live, but did by God’s grace and love. Kimya knew that with the help of Jesus, she could turn her tragedy into triumph for so many others. Out of her experiences with domestic violence, the idea for Haven of Light International was birthed.

Psalm 133:1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!

Escape Now!

DO NOT use your computer at home to access websites dealing with domestic violence. Computer use can easily be monitored by your abuser. Click the "Escape Now" button to go to a safe website.

For immediate assistance, call 911 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-SAFE (7233) or TTY (800) 787-3224


member image KIMYA MOTLEY Founder and President

Ms. Kimya N. Motley is a certified educator with over 19 years of teaching experience. She received a Bachelor of Sciences from the University of Georgia and a Masters of Sciences in Counseling Psychology from The University of Missouri. Motley teaches in the Gwinnett County School System and earned the distinction of Teacher of the Year for the 2015 – 2016 school year. She has served on the Teacher Advisory Council to the Superintendent and her local school's Counseling Department Advisory Council. In recognition for her work as an educator, she has received commendations from Kelly Kautz, Mayor of Snellville and State Senator Gloria Butler.

In addition to teaching and running Haven of Light, Motley is an inspirational speaker for organizations and events in support of domestic violence, teen dating violence, and sex trafficking awareness and recently received a commendation from Governor Deal as a leading domestic violence advocate.

member image MOSES KABIA Treasurer

Moses Kabia is a banker who enjoys making a difference in the financial lives of individuals. He has been in management for over 17 years and is currently the Vice President for Bank of America. He was truly blessed to meet Kimya Motley, President of HOLI, when she visited the financial center he manages, inquiring about opening a trust account after her miraculous survival from her trauma.

Moses Kabia was born and raised in Sierra Leone, a small West African nation. He lost his parents at a very young age. He was fortunate to grow up in an orphanage where strangers sacrificed everything to care for him. He migrated to the US in 1995 to attend college. Moses graduated with honors as a double major from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana with a Bachelor of Science in International Management and Marketing and a minor in French.

Moses Kabia is committed to making a difference in the lives of people around him and the community he lives and works in. He serves on the board of the Rotary Club of Conyers as the vocational chair and the advisory board and campaign chair of the United Way of Rockdale County. He also serves on the board of SOS Children Villages Atlanta Chapter, an organization that cares for orphaned and abandoned children all over the world. One of the ways he believes we can make a difference in the lives of children is by helping them grow up in a safe and secure family environment. The work of HOLI helps achieve this dream for our children.

Moses is a proud father of two kids. He loves traveling, playing soccer, watching movies and participating in volunteer activities with friends and family.

member image SABRINA MCCRAY Secretary

Mrs. Sabrina McCray is an educator, wife and mother who prides herself on helping others. She holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Telecommunications Management, a Masters in Business Administration with a focus in General Management, teaching credentials from Brenau University, and is currently working on a Specialist Degree in Special Education. McCray teaches in the Rockdale County School System where she has served on many committees, held positions as team leader, mentor teacher for students from The University System of Georgia, and earned the distinction of a Symetra Financial Hero in the classroom. This award is given to educators who go above and beyond, demonstrating excellence in the classroom. She enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and loved ones, and creating innovative ideas to pour into the lives of her students.

member image WOODY MARTIN Director of Communications

The CEO of WJ Enterprises Woody Martin founded the strategic marketing and consulting firm in August of 2010. As the CEO, Woody focuses on the professional growth and development of the firm while setting the standards that have led WJ Enterprises to its position of prominence within the marketing and advertisement industry.

Woody’s degree in criminology and minor in business law has strengthened his professional foundation to serve and help others. With time spent at American InterContinental University in Atlanta, Georgia and with major corporations such as Marriott International, Hilton Corporation and others within the hospitality industry, Woody has developed a keen ability to build extensive professional relationships while delivering quality and satisfaction in an innovative way. In 2011, Woody formed The Sol Child Foundation to help undeserved and at risk youth in the United States, Haiti and Africa through community service, music and diverse art programming. Determined to progress and serve, Woody is finalizing contracts that will bring WJ Enterprises to New York, L.A. and Las Vegas while opening community centers for The Sol Child Foundation to connect with youth through creativity, self-expression, sports and more.

An efficient, effective, and quality-focused communicator, Woody Martin’s professionalism and creativity assist clients with seeing the “big picture.” Along with the members of WJ Enterprises, Woody is able to turn ideas and passions to realities and businesses.

member image DR. KERI NORRIS Board Member

Keri Norris, Ph.D., MPH, MCHES is the Fulton DeKalb Hospital Authority's (FDHA) Chief of Health Policy and Administration, where she oversees the Community Health Awareness and Prevention Office and general operation matters.

Prior to coming to The FDHA she worked at the Centers for Disease Control for seven years and held positions as a health scientist, evaluator and epidemiologist. She has also served on the advisory council for the CDC's University School of Public Health Research and Medicine. She has extensive and specific experience in the areas of eliminating health disparities for the Appalachian, Latino/Hispanic, older, African-American, American Indian and Asian Pacific Islander and other vulnerable populations in the United States. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at several institutions of higher learning such as the University of South Carolina, Agnes Scott, Spelman and Morehouse School of Medicine.

She has earned numerous awards and was inducted into the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies from Agnes Scott, a Masters of Public Health in Health Administration, Management and Policy from Morehouse School of Medicine's Master of Public health Program, and a certificate of graduate study in Gender and Women's Studies from University of South Carolina. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior from the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Norris is also a motivational speaker and author. Her book "The Other Side of Thru" (pen name Payne Nickerson) focuses on the challenges of poverty, childhood sexual abuse, intimate partner violence and survival. She spends a great deal of her time as an advocate for underserved communities and performing community service.

member image JUDGE PHINIA ATEN Board Member

Judge Phinia Aten is the Chief Judge of the Magistrate Court of Rockdale County. Judge Aten earned her law degree and a certificate of sports law from Tulane University in New Orleans and a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Wayne State University in Detroit. She was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1998.

  • In 2013, she created an innovative citizen assistance program, the Smart Justice Seminar Series, designed to promote public confidence in, and awareness of, the judicial system. The Smart Justice Seminar Series is a quarterly-produced, free and public forum that provides general procedural information about matters heard in the Court.
  • In addition, an hour-length interactive play, “the Case of the Dog Owner Who Never Learned,” was developed last spring under Judge Aten’s direction. It is a powerful teaching tool for the local youth groups who visit the Court. The play has 10 performance roles for the children to assume and learn about legal careers and trial decorum and procedure.
  • Judge Aten serves on the Executive Committee of the Council of Magistrate Judges as a District Four Representative and through her collaborative work on a pro se litigant assistance project, a state-wide, free online service to complete court forms was established in 2014. The service is known as the Magistrate Courts Free Forms Generator and affords Georgia’s 159 magistrate courts with the opportunity to offer access to a guided filing process, expanding access to justice across the state for unrepresented parties. In addition, Judge Aten has served on the Georgia Next Generation Courts Commission, Rockdale County Re-entry Program Steering Committee and Rockdale County Child Abuse Protocol Committee.
  • During the last decade, Judge Aten garnered scores of headlines and media interviews when she was lead attorney in several high-visibility cases. From 2004-2012, she chaired the Continuing Legal Education at Sea Program for the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA), organizing professional legal conferences in a host of countries including Haiti, Belize, Egypt, Brazil and others.
  • Judge Aten is a former adjunct professor of Herzing University’s where she taught business law, critical thinking, speech and career development. As a result of her trial skills, legal scholarship and engaged style, Judge Aten is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer on litigation techniques, substantive legal topics and inspirational matters.
  • Judge Aten was the inaugural president of NewRock Legal Society, a community-focused bar association that serves the citizens of Rockdale, Newton and Walton counties. In this trailblazing role, she spearheaded the launch of the free public legal program-“Know Your Rights”- that informs the community about prevalent legal matters. Further, she was an inaugural mentor of GABWA’s Sister2Sister Mentoring Project, a court-sponsored alliance that pairs teen girls embroiled in Georgia’s juvenile justice system with women attorneys who promote positive teen decision-making and life skills training.
Escape Now!

DO NOT use your computer at home to access websites dealing with domestic violence. Computer use can easily be monitored by your abuser. Click the "Escape Now" button to go to a safe website.

For immediate assistance, call 911 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-SAFE (7233) or TTY (800) 787-3224


Please Join Us in Prayer And the Raising of Funds to Make Our Dream of Opening the Transitional Home a Reality

The women’s housing program will be our primary ministry. It will exist to serve women and their children coming from domestic violence situations. We have established partnerships with local women’s shelters that know of women in need of transitional housing. Women entering our transitional facility MUST be referred from a domestic violence shelter (some exclusions apply).

This is a goals - based program in which the women will be required to participate in the following: financial planning, continued education, job training, counseling, bible - based classes, and other life skills classes (house management, parenting, and cooking skills).

For Women In Active Domestic Violence Situations We Offer:
  • Crisis intervention
  • Shelter referrals
  • Access to community resources
  • Biblical Counseling
  • Monthly women's support groups

F.O.C.U.S. Focus on Christ for Ultimate Satisfaction

We offer hope, encouragement, support, education, spiritual direction, and assistance to teen girls and women who experience dissatisfaction in ANY relationships especially those who are struggling in difficult circumstances such as dysfunctional relationships (marriages), partner abuse, separation, or divorce, and teenage relationship issues. We also provide help for those who have trouble with other types of relationships such as with our children, co-workers, parents, and friends.

How do you know if you should join this group? Answer a few questions:

Do you:

  • Feel guilty for saying no to someone else’s demands?
  • Resist stating your opinions so you won’t rock the boat?
  • Fail to hold someone accountable for wrong actions because you don’t want to hurt their feelings?

Then, you may have a problem with setting personal boundaries and FOCUS is definitely the group for you!

This group will help us develop the skills necessary to have the mutually satisfying connections we have always desired. It is all about helping us build healthy relationships, marriages, families, and communities AND it is absolutely free! (We have GREAT refreshments too!)

It is my prayer that you will join us!

Please visit us FocusMinistries1.org for more information on F.O.C.U.S and other resources.

The men's program serves men that are victims of domestic violence AND we serve perpetrators of DV. The goal of this program is to help our participants identify their own patterns of abuse, to accept full responsibility for their behavior, to develop ways to communicate, get their needs met without violence and intimidation (power and control), and to provide a safe environment for their intimate partners and children.

Our program provides referrals for housing for victims of domestic violence and Family Violence Intervention Programs for perpetrators

"Everyone in an abusive family is wounded - the abuser during childhood, the victim at present, and the children for a lifetime! As long as abuse continues, we are setting children up for a life of destructive patterns and failed marriages"

- 2004 FOCUS Ministries

We provide speakers for community events to address a variety of topics for Domestic Violence and Teen Dating Violence Awareness Months and throughout the year. We have presentations for all ages from students in elementary to adults. They include:

  • Unhealthy attitudes and behaviors in relationships
  • Violence Against Women in professional sports
  • Bullying prevention
  • Dating violence
  • Sexual violence
  • Forgiveness
  • The New You after Abuse
  • Overcoming the Odds
  • Choices

Students from local high schools and middle schools serve on our Teen Task Force Against Violence. They are an advisory panel that assists us with advocating for DV and teen dating violence awareness and prevention and strengthening our teen programs. Students currently serving reside in Newton, Dekalb, and Gwinnett counties. Click here to find out more about our teen program

For information on any of these programs, please complete the form on the "Contact" section.

Escape Now!

DO NOT use your computer at home to access websites dealing with domestic violence. Computer use can easily be monitored by your abuser. Click the "Escape Now" button to go to a safe website.

For immediate assistance, call 911 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-SAFE (7233) or TTY (800) 787-3224


Domestic violence shooting victim aims to help other abused women

Rockdale/Newton Citizen with Beth Slaughter Sexton March 10, 2014

Wisdom Wednesday w/ Domestic Abuse Survivor Kimya Motley
Embrace Life Media with Tiffani Walker March 19, 2014

Kimya Motley's story of forgiveness and survival

11 Alive News with DeMarco Morgan April 11, 2014

Help Available for Domestic Violence Victims

11 Alive News with John Shirek September 9, 2014


Transitional Home for Women and Children cause image
NEEDED $1,021,868


FOCUS cause image
NEEDED $2000


ELITE cause image
NEEDED $12,500


VALOR cause image
NEEDED $1200


Teen Talks cause image
NEEDED $10,000



Please God, send some help. Make all the hurt go away. Make all the fighting stop.
Escape Now!

DO NOT use your computer at home to access websites dealing with domestic violence. Computer use can easily be monitored by your abuser. Click the "Escape Now" button to go to a safe website.

For immediate assistance, call 911 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-SAFE (7233) or TTY (800) 787-3224


Domestic violence/abuse crosses race, gender, ethnic, age, economic, cultural, religious, and sexual orientation boundaries.

Are YOU living with domestic violence?

  • Have you ever been hit, slapped, kicked, strangled, or punched by your partner?
  • Do you feel as if you are “walking on eggshells” whenever you are around your partner?
  • Are you starting to feel like your partner is isolating you from family and friends?
  • Has your partner ever threated to hurt or kill you?
  • Has your partner ever broken, trashed, or destroyed your property or things you care about?
  • Has your partner ever tried to prevent you from going to school work, and/or control your spending and finances?
  • Has your partner ever forced you to have sex?
  • Does your partner insult you by shaming, name calling, or making you feel as if you are crazy?
  • Has your partner ever hurt your pets or threatened to do so?

If you are experiencing any of these behaviors, you may be in an abusive situation. Your life may even be in danger.


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863 Flat Shoals Road
Suite C244
Conyers, GA 30094

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