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Women’s Support Services PO Box 341 158 Gay Street Sharon, CT 06069 24-hour Crisis Hotline (860) 364-1900

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Community Connections Fall 2018 The work we do throughout the year at WSS doesn’t happen in a vacuum—it happens because of every single one of you here: volunteers, board members, donors, staff, community partners, and our Main Street Partners. Deanna Barry, WSS Community Educator


Anne Day

Women’s Support Services provides a 24-hour Crisis Hotline (860) 364-1900. All services are FREE and confidential. Collect calls are accepted. Contact Us: P.O. Box 341 158 Gay Street Sharon, CT 06069 Hotline 860.364.1900 Office 860.364.1080 Fax 860.364.5767 Find Us Online: Twitter @wss_dva Instagram @wss_ct @Womens.Support.Services Twitter @TradeSecretsCT Instagram @trade_secretsct @TradeSecretsCT

WSS Staff Dr. D. Elizabeth Mauro, Executive Director Virginia Gold, Program Manager Liz Davis, Adult Counselor Advocate Jessica Troy, Family and Child Advocate Lisa Waldron, Family Victim Violence Advocate Ashley Gill, Hotline Counselor Elly Bierce, Hotline Counselor Deanna Barry, Community Educator Shelly Ross Robbins, Director of Development Kelly Rybczyk, Trade Secrets Coordinator and Financial Administrator Louisa Dux, Development Administrative Assistant

Board of Directors Judith Crouch, Chair Emily Vail, Vice Chair Barbara Kahn Moller, Treasurer Steve McKibben, Secretary Nancy Baker Diana Bisselle Elizabeth Demetriades Maria Horn Robert Kuhn Alexandra Lange Kathryn Shanley Anna Traggio Elizabeth Webb

Liz Davis, WSS Adult Counselor Advocate; Gordon Ridgway, Cornwall First Selectman; Betsey Mauro, WSS Executive Director. Photos: Anne Day.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Each year, Women’s Support Services, like our sister agencies across the country, gather to commemorate those who have lost their lives to domestic violence. As we remember, we also recommit as a community to believe victims, to say no to violence, and to support one another in building a stronger, safer, and healthier community. As the wind howled and the rain poured down, nearly 100 community members gathered in the beautiful Cornwall Town Hall to listen to the stories and pay tribute to 15 Connecticut women and men, ranging in age from 21 to 83, who died at the hands of an intimate partner this year. Cornwall First Selectman, Gordon Ridgway, urged the community to pay attention. Despite our bucolic and serene surroundings, “...this is happening right here, right now.” Sobering words came from Reverend Diane MontiCatania of the Salisbury Congregational Church, “In 1987, as President of the Board of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, I stood with Governor O’Neill as he signed The Family Violence Prevention and Response

Act, criminalizing domestic violence for the first time. We thought, ‘Ha! we’ve won!’” Despite an increase in awareness and an improvement in services, Reverend Monti-Catania reflected that the statistics have not changed much since she gave her first speech on domestic violence over 35 years ago. This observation was echoed in the stories and reflections from WSS Adult Counselor Advocate, Liz Davis, Reverend Micki Nunn-Miller, and WSS Executive Director, Betsey Mauro. WSS Board Chair, Judith Crouch, and the Commanding Officer of CT State Troop ‘B’, Lt. William Baldwin, read the names of those who lost their lives. The evening concluded with The Hotchkiss School’s a capella group, Calliope, and a recognition of WSS’s Main Street Partners by WSS Community Educator, Deanna Barry, “The work we do throughout the year at WSS doesn’t happen in a vacuum—it happens because of every single one of you here: volunteers, board members, donors, staff, community partners, and our Main Street Partners. We rely on your support to not only help us provide services to survivors, but to help survivors find and access us.”

MAIN STREET PARTNERS Women’s Support Services would like to thank our Main Street Partners for taking a stand against violence in our community. Over 140 local businesses have joined WSS to send a message of solidarity and support to survivors. Partners display WSS materials in their workplaces for community members to access, and agree to be a safe place for survivors to use the phone. If you would like your business to become a partner, please contact WSS Community Educator, Deanna Barry at Thank you!! Canaan

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Four Seasons Food

Bargain Barn

Be Well Yoga Community

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Lakeville Wine and Spirits

Bee Tree Veterinary Clinic

Falls Village Social Services

Mizza Pizza

Danica Center for Physical Therapy & Movement

Blackberry River Baking C A Lindell True Value Hardware and Lumber Caddie Shack Collin’s Diner

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Falls Village Town Hall Kent

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Clarke Outdoors Connecticut State Police, Troop B Cornwall Bridge Post Office Cordial Shop Package Store Cornwall General Store

ACE Hardware of Kent

Sotheby’s International Realty

Annie Bananie General Store

Studio Lakeville

Curtis Insurance Agency The Cornwall Library

Blondin Shea Eye Care

Douglas Central Library

Cornwall Package Store

Chic Boutique

Dunkin’ Donuts

Cornwall Social Services

Fife ‘n Drum Gift Shop

Freund’s Farm Market

Cornwall Town Hall

Heron Gallery

Heavenly Spa & Nails

Hitching Post Country Motel

J.P. Gifford

Housatonic Valley Dental Care Housatonic Angler Livingstone Dental Excellence Mahaiwe Jewelers Main Street Hair McDonald’s Mobil Olde School Deli Old Soul @ Jim’s Garage Paramount Laundry Pop’s Diner Raynard & Peirce Real Estate Riga Construction Rite Aid Roma Pizzeria Salisbury Bank Sherrie’s Salon The Shoppe Stadium System Inc. Stateline Pizza

Bella Jewelers

Kent Greenhouse and Gardens

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Hendricks Churchill

The Country Bistro

Law Office of Michael D. Lynch

Johnnycake Books

Northwest Hills Pediatrics

LaBonne’s Market

Paley’s Market


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Salisbury Bank

Rick’s Wine and Spirits

Salisbury Central School

Salisbury Bank

Sharon Auto Body Salisbury Congregational Church Sharon Country Inn

Kent Wine & Spirit

Salisbury General Store and Pharmacy

Morrison Gallery

Housatonic Valley Rug Shop

Salisbury Social Services

OK Guitars

Salisbury Town Hall

Preferred Hardwood Floors

Salisbury Wines Scoville Memorial Library

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Sharon Playhouse

UCC Cornwall

The Studio @ 41

The Wish House Falls Village David M. Hunt Library Housatonic Youth Service Bureau

Sharon Lakeville

Ackerly Brown

Black Rabbit Bar and Grille

Advanced Therapy

Churchill Building Co, LLC Cozy Spa & Nails

On Saturday, October 13th, two WSS staff members and five Board members participated in the Board Leadership Forum, presented by Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Foundation for Community Health, and Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation. Held at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, the event highlighted more than a dozen speakers who shared their experience and expertise with more than 200 participants, providing insight into the areas of governance, managing organizational change, and fundraising.

J.P. Gifford L’s Hair Studio

Elyse Harney Real Estate

Thanks to our supporters - YOU! - Women’s Support Services has been able to strengthen our programming and advocacy efforts by attending the Voices Rising: National Conference on Domestic Violence held in Providence, RI in September. The event brought together advocates, educators, and others active in the field of domestic violence to learn more about the causes of domestic violence and its impact on individuals, communities, and our country. The event provided the opportunity to share knowledge on current issues and challenges, as well as celebrate successes. WSS Community Educator, Deanna Barry, appreciated the focus on the grassroots origin of the movement and the focus on organizing and community action. She also welcomed the emphasis on intersectionality, “ many of the presenters talked about how we need to not just focus on domestic violence, but also on the LGBTQ+ community, immigrants, housing rights, gun violence, etc., because these things are all interconnected and create a culture of violence that allows intimate partner violence to thrive.” Barry and WSS Family and Child Advocate, Jessica Troy, were also inspired by the young people in attendance. ”It was incredibly moving and uplifting to see the wisdom, empathy, dedication, and power these young people have to make a difference,” remarked Barry.

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Housatonic Veterinary Care

Goldman/Tripp Osteopathic Healthcare

Making Connections

Art’s Automotive Repair and Towing AutoSport Bain Real Estate

Sharon Post Office Sharon Social Services Smitty’s Barber Shop Standard Space

Deanna Barry, WSS Community Educator; Jessica Troy, WSS Family and Child Advocate

Thank You for Your Support!

and children - who need our support:

Each October, Women’s Support Services launches our Annual Appeal, and each year we are overwhelmed by the generosity and commitment of our supporters – YOU!

•24-hour confidential hotline

Your contributions are critical to our programming. If you would like to help, please go to: and click on DONATE Or use the envelope included. Our services are available free of charge to anyone - women, men, ©2018 Anne Day

•Short-term emergency shelter •Individual counseling and safety planning •Support groups •Legal advocacy, transportation, and resources •Violence prevention education and programming for local professionals and community groups •Violence Prevention Education Program for pre-K - grade 12

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