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"Empowering victims and their families to heal after experiencing the trauma of violence and abuse by providing support, advocacy and education."

CT-ALIVE is a Connecticut non-profit, tax-exempt organization run by, and for, survivors of violence.

About CT-ALIVE

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Susan with photos of her niece Maggie

A phone call in the middle of the night on October 18, 1999 brought Susan Omilian the news that Maggie, her nineteen-year-old niece, had been shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend. No one had seen the danger Maggie was in, not even Susan, an attorney and advocate for women’s rights.

Shocked and outraged by what happened to Maggie, Susan turned this senseless act of violence into an opportunity to create and conduct her My Avenging Angel Workshops that help women survivors of abuse move on as Maggie could not.

Today’s Susan’s innovative workshops and follow-up services, supported by the non-profit Connecticut Alliance for Victims of Violence & Their Families Inc. (CT-ALIVE), have built a community of women who are “thriving” after abuse!

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Current & Future Projects

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CT-ALIVE helps women every day reclaim their lives after abuse.  It supports free services that provide motivational tools and invaluable resources for survivors to grow, heal and “thrive” after abuse.

In the Never Going Back to Abuse Project, CT-ALIVE has partnered with Susan Omilian to provide her My Avenging Angel Workshops™ and follow-up activities free of charge to a community of women who aspire to keep “thriving” after abuse.

CT-ALIVE also supports the Stepping Forward Program that empowers women who have completed Susan’s workshops with free resume writing, job search and financial counseling services.

For future projects, CT-ALIVE envisions adding an Expressive Arts Project, Healing Touch Project and a Thriver Resource Center.

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Celebrate Our Successes!

Jenny the running Thriver

Jenny, The Running Thriver!

Jenny, a survivor of domestic violence, attended one of Susan Omilian’s My Avenging Angel Workshops,™ supported by CT-ALIVE’s Never Going Back to Abuse Project in March 2011. The work she did in the two-day workshop inspired her to continue her journey from survivor to “thriver” and pursue running again.  Starting with half and full marathons, Jenny chronicled her story on her blog, The Running Thriver and began a fundraising campaign for CT-ALIVE, Running for the Color Purple.

Each October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Jenny runs a race that pushes her limits as a runner and athlete. In past years, Jenny has raised as much as $1,000 for CT-ALIVE to support the free workshops that inspired her journey to thriving!

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