Domestic Violence: What young women need to know but are afraid to ask

Domestic Violence 1-17-13 Poster in WordAn expert panel including Attorney Susan Omilian will address the problems for young women in relationships with abusive partners – what to do to avoid them, and what to do if you feel endangered.

This presentation, sponsored by Soroptimist International of Farmington Valley, will focus on providing a greater understanding of the nature and scope of domestic violence in Connecticut. The panel will offer prevention and intervention tips as well as tools on how communities and individuals can make a difference.

This awareness program is free and open to the public.

Thursday, January 17 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Simsbury Public Library Program Room

The library is located at 725 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070.

RSVP 860.658.7663 or

Some topics which will be covered include:

  • Who are the victims? The risk factors
  • Effects on college students – the short-term and long-term Impact
  • Responding to the needs of the victims
  • Red flags that a potential partner may be an abuser: Do you have a dating checklist?
  • How and when to talk to your children about the dangers of abuse
  • Responsibilities of community members
  • Prevention and intervention programs
  • The legal system, some of the barriers for victims and how they can access its protective capabilities
  • Current and pending legislation

The professional panel includes:

Attorney Susan M. Omilian, originator and facilitator of My Avenging Angel Workshops and author of The Thriver Workbook: Journey from Victim to Survivor to Thriver!,

Attorney Michelle Cruz, State Victim Advocate and former Massachusetts’ prosecutor,

Attorney Diane Buttler, Family Lawyer of Murphy, Laudati, Kiel, Buttler & Rattigan, LLC.


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