Brave women who have survived domestic abuse took to the catwalk to model at a fashion show fundraiser aimed at helping others suffering just like they did find the strength to move forward.

The Mi Amor Gala in Los Angeles benefited Safe Passage, a non profit supporting emotionally and physically battered women. All the models had graduated from Safe Passage’s rehabilitation program.

Among the 11 models was actress Diana Jastram (featured second from the right in the above photo) who endured 11 months of bullying and mental manipulation at the hands of her ex-husband before before cutting ties with him and being referred to Safe Passage by police offers.

With the help she received on the program, she is now able to better understand what she went through and appreciate the importance of breaking away from a toxic situation.