In this segment, we will meet Karen Jarmoc, Chief Executive Officer of CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Karen is a results-driven leader experienced in transformative change and policy impact. She has a track record of leading organizational change that dramatically improved service delivery, increased funding and strengthened messaging at CCADV. She will discuss the many facets and impact of domestic violence as well as the services CCADV provides.
In this segment, Sergeant King and Officer Gigliotti of the Enfield Police Department will talk about the Rape Aggression Defense Systems program (RAD), de-escalation of potentially violent situations, protective and restraining orders, safety tips, and more. They will also give a self-defense demonstration.
In this segment, Sheila Rivest, Director of the Carol Rivest Memorial Foundation, will talk about her experience with intimate partner violence. Sheila’s sister, Carol, was shot and killed by an estranged boyfriend at the age of twenty-two. Sheila will talk about how Carol lived her life as well as the effect of domestic violence on family members of the abused.
Sheila is an advocate against domestic violence who gives presentations about the issue to prison inmates, focusing on the damage done to those left behind after a fatal attack. She created the Carol Rivest Memorial Foundation in her sister’s memory. The foundation promotes awareness about domestic violence and raises funds for various programs and services.
In this segment, Faith Montaperto-Ward will discuss her experience with domestic violence and being stalked by her ex-partner. Faith is the founder of the nonprofit M.A.V.E. (Monson Against Violence Everywhere) whose sole mission is to eradicate Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault by fostering a dialogue about these issues utilizing the creative arts. Every year, M.A.V.E. produces three major arts-based events in the community that support its mission. Faith also directs the Monson production of Vagina Monologues every year, with 2020 being the five-year anniversary.
In this segment, Monique Faison Ross will discuss her experience with domestic violence and will talk about the warning signs of potentially fatal situations. Monique survived a terrifying and near-fatal attack at the hands of her husband, which she writes about in her book, Playing Dead: A Memoir of Terror and Survival. Monique is a member of the Fatality Review Task Force for Connecticut.
In this segment, Susan Omilian will discuss her work with survivors of domestic violence and abuse in helping them learn how to thrive. Susan is a nationally recognized expert who has worked extensively as an advocate to end violence against women. An attorney, author, and motivational speaker, she has spent the past forty years in efforts to help women who have been abused reclaim their lives.