Shannon Moroney

Resilience, Restorative Justice and Violence against Women Expert

Based in Toronto, Canada, Shannon Moroney’s work as an author, speaker, therapist, educator, expert witness, consultant and advocate has worldwide reach. With warmth, compassion and skill, she offers individual and group support for people & communities overcoming trauma, fostering resilience and inspiring post-traumatic growth. She specializes in working with Indigenous people, survivors of sexual assault/trafficking, and prison inmates and their families.

Shannon Moroney is the author of two bestselling memoirs: Through the Glass (2011), her own story following the violent crimes of her first husband; and Out of the Shadows (2019), the story of human trafficking survivor Timea Nagy. Both are published worldwide Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster. Shannon is also an internationally recognized an advocate of restorative justice, a powerful speaker, one of the “world’s 50 most resilient people” (Global Resilience Project), a New York Times “Woman in the World” recommended writer, and is featured by the International Forgiveness Project.

She travels extensively to lead transformative forgiveness and healing retreats for people and communities overcoming trauma, and to keynote justice and mental health conferences.

She is a registered social worker and trauma therapist specialized in treating survivors of sexual assault and trafficking, as well as family members of sex offenders. Shannon has provided expert testimony in court, consultation on crime bills, and she supports attorneys to provide trauma-informed advocacy to victims of sex crimes. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

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Using photos and artwork, Shannon recounts her journey following the violent crimes and sentencing to life of her first husband. In so doing, she addresses the implicit dangers of a correctional system and a society that prioritizes punishment over rehabilitation, and victimhood over recovery. Moroney candidly shares the agony and helplessness she felt toward her husband’s assault victims and articulates her painful transition from being a respected professional, homeowner and active community member one day, to being the wife of a sex offender the next. She touches the heart and mind of every audience member with her ultimate choice to forgive, and how she made that choice.

Geared toward seasoned and novice writers as well as literature lovers, this presentation offers wisdom and advice on caring for oneself and one’s manuscript while writing about trauma and difficult times. Shannon shares her own writing journey and discusses the private and public experience of opening her heart and memory, and provides the audience with practical tools for their own writing. Whether the goal is to publish, to document a journey, or to find personal healing, participants will come away with tools and resources to guide the process. Recounting doesn’t have to mean reliving.

Is resilience something you're born with or something you can develop? What makes a person, community or society elastic and able to overcome life's challenges, big and small? Sharing her own personal journey to recover from the trauma of her husband's violent crimes, and her extensive knowledge of the peace building process worldwide, Shannon Moroney engages the audience in a bigger understanding of what "being elastic" is all about and offers practical advice for building resilience in yourself and your family, workplace, school, community and society.

Shannon shares her own story, and then expertly facilitates group activities, story-telling and personal reflections designed to connect each participant to their own story, offering philosophical and practical tools for freedom from resentment, anger, victimhood and shame. This life-changing workshop can be delivered in a multitude of settings, from an afternoon conference in a big-city hotel to a multi-day retreat in the wilderness. It is perfect for staff teams at helping organizations, recovery groups, bereavement groups, prison inmates and parolees, and families, communities & countries in conflict.

  • Therapy: Individual & Group; EMDR

  • Speaking: Conference Keynotes, Guest Lectures

  • Advocacy: Restorative Justice, Mental Health, Survivors

  • Expertise: Court Testimony & Media Commentary: Trafficking; Trauma, Families of Offenders

  • Consultancy: Trauma-informed Practice & Policy for journalists, lawyers, police and organizations

  • Facilitation: Forgiveness & Healing Retreats

  • Coaching: Writing, Editing & Publishing

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An impassioned, harrowing and ultimately hopeful story of one woman's pursuit of justice, forgiveness and healing. When Shannon Moroney married in October of 2005, she had no idea that her happy life as a newlywed was about to come crashing down around her. One month after her wedding, a police officer arrived at her door to tell her that her husband, Jason, had been arrested and charged in the brutal assault and kidnapping of two women. In the aftermath of these crimes, Shannon dealt with a heavy burden of grief, the stress and publicity of a major criminal investigation, and the painful stigma of guilt-by-association, all while attempting to understand what had made Jason turn to such violence. In this intimate and gripping journey into prisons, courtrooms and the human heart, Shannon reveals the far-reaching impact of Jason's crimes, the agonizing choices faced by the loved ones of offenders and the implicit dangers of a correctional system and a society that prioritizes punishment over rehabilitation, and victimhood over recovery.

Heal For Real

Whether what happened was “Big T” trauma or “little t” trauma, whether you were hurt or did the hurting, you can make peace with the past. Bestselling author Shannon Moroney— a mental health expert, restorative justice advocate and trauma survivor—walks you through a proven curriculum that has helped thousands on the life-changing journey to forgiveness and achieve post-traumatic growth. Along the way, you’ll also gain insight from the forgiveness journeys of incredible individuals—including Shannon’s own path toward forgiveness, following violent crimes committed by her first husband. Through hands-on activities, provocative writing prompts, reflections and inspirational stories and quotes, you’ll be guided to define what forgiveness means (and doesn’t mean) to you and gain practical strategies that will help you offer and receive it. Above all, you’ll be supported and empowered as you bring forgiveness into your life in a way that’s right for you.


Timea Nagy was twenty years old when she answered an ad in Hungary, calling for young women to work as babysitters and housekeepers in Canada. Hired by what seemed like a legitimate recruitment agency, Timea left her home believing she would earn good money to send back to her family. What she didn’t know was that she’d been lured by a ring of human traffickers and her life would never again be the same. Upon her arrival in Toronto, she was forced into sex labour in some of the city’s seediest nightclubs, starved and controlled by her agents, and brainwashed to believe she was to blame for her situation. The only way she’d be free was when her debt was paid but, no matter how hard she worked, that debt only went up, not down. At once tragic and powerfully redemptive, Out of the Shadows is a heartbreaking and eye-opening journey deep into the underworld of human trafficking.

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