"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.
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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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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