The Connecticut Alliance for Victims of Violence & Their Families Inc. (CT-ALIVE) is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization established in May of 2002 by a group of survivors of homicide who wanted to help other survivors heal after the horrific trauma they had experienced.
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CT-ALIVE’s mission is to empower victims and their families to heal after experiencing the trauma of violence and abuse by providing support, advocacy and education.
CT-ALIVE’s Never Going Back to Abuse Project provides the critical “next step” for women who have been abused to break permanently out of the cycle of violence and reclaim their lives. The program offers motivational workshops, monthly follow-up groups, private coaching sessions, weekend retreats and other services that help educate and empower women to move on after abuse.
Through this project, women uncover their hidden talents, set new goals to awaken their creative potential and create a new, non-violent future for themselves and their children. Women who reclaim their lives in this way are less likely to return to an abusive relationship and/or suffer the long-term physical and psychological consequences of the abuse they have experienced.
CT-ALIVE has partnered with Susan M. Omilian, originator and facilitator of My Avenging Angel Workshops™, to provide these important services to women who have been abused.
This unique, innovative approach builds on the life-saving work of the domestic violence shelters and sexual assault crisis center. While the goal of those programs has been to get the women safely out of abuse, CT-ALIVE’s Never Going Back to Abuse Project will help women rebuild their self esteem and work positively to stabilize their lives emotionally, financially and socially so that they will not return to an abusive relationship in the future.
CT-ALIVE is a grass-roots, community-based victim services organization that has been in existence as a non-for-profit Connecticut corporation since May, 2002 and a tax exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of Internal Revenue Code since August, 2003.
CT-ALIVE has received funding since 2003 from the following sources:
- Petit Family Foundation — a foundation in honor of Jennifer, Hayley and Michaela Petit murdered in 2007 in Cheshire Connecticut.
- HOPE (Helping Outreach Programs to Expand) grant from the Federal Office for Victims of Crime of the U.S. Department of Justice.
- Target Stores Grants for several years to support CT-ALIVE’s work with families and friends of those in abusive relationships.
- Fundraisers including August 2009 Cut-A-Thon: Cutting Free to a New Life After Abuse, which raised $10,000 and April 2010 An Evening of Thriver Spirit and Song, which raised $2,500.
- President Katie Marinan Marino
- Vice-President Lidia Agramonte-Gomez, social worker
- Treasurer Nora Harris, retired business woman
- Jack Holden
- Donna Russo
- Christine Rodrigue
- Dot LaFratta
- Gigi Paolantonio
- Jenny Willets
Susan M. Omilian, Project Director
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Your donation can make a difference in the lives of hundreds of women, children and families adversely affected by domestic violence.
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