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Women’s Support Services

News While I desperately wish Women's Support Services didn't have to exist, the sad fact is that the support we provide to all victims of domestic violence women, men, partners, and children - is essential to those attempting to take back control of their lives. Domestic violence knows no social, gender, economic, or racial boundaries, so when those in need reach out, Women's Support Services is there to help. Steve McKibben, Board Member

Spring, 2017

Community Partnerships Women’s Support Services has been working with Connecticut State Police Troops ‘B’ and ‘L’ since 2014 to support more comprehensive investigations and ensure that victims of domestic violence are linked to local services. A major initiative during this period has been the introduction of the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP), designed to implement nationally recognized risk assessment strategies to better serve victims of domestic violence. Connecticut was one of ten states nationwide selected to participate in the program. Recent advances in our understanding of intimate partner violence have shown us that law enforcement is a key collaborator, as they are likely to be first responders to instances of physical violence. They are in a unique position to screen for intimate partner violence and link victims to services. WSS has seen an increase in referrals for our services from law enforcement, which results in improved service delivery for victims. Women’s Support Services would like to thank Troop ‘B’ for inviting staff members to their roll call to discuss LAP. As we continue to deepen our partnership and advance our coordinated response to Domestic Violence, community partnerships like this will be key to creating healthy, safe, and strong communities.

Program Manager, Maggie Ianello, and Executive Director, Betsey Mauro, accept Toys 4 Tots donations from Sgt. Robert Janco of CT State Police Troop ‘B’.

“Being able to have a “real life, real time” hotline counselor available to talk to the responding Trooper, as well as the victim at the time of the incident, undoubtedly raises the success level of the investigation and it conveys to the victim that their life, and the lives of their children, matter.” Sgt. Robert Janco CT State Police Troop ‘B’

Women’s Support Services would like to thank the Kent Quilters for their donation of twelve handmade quilts for our clients. The beautiful quilts were made for both adults and children in crisis. The labels read, “Made with Love by the Kent Quilters.”

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This year, the 17th Annual Trade Secrets will be held on Mother’s Day weekend. The popular event includes the rare plant and garden antiques sale on Saturday, May 13, and a self-guided, fourgarden tour on Mother’s day, Sunday, May 14. Saturday features returning favorites and brand new vendors. The garden tour on Sunday includes four exquisite gardens; Coltsfoot Garden in Cornwall, CT, Pom’s Cabin Farm and the garden of Bunny Williams and John Rosselli, both located in Falls Village, CT, and the Major General Ashley House, just over the border in Ashley Falls, MA. Garden Tour tickets are limited and will only be sold in advance for $75. Tickets for the Saturday sale at LionRock Farm in Sharon, CT, can be purchased in advance or at the event:  Early Bird - $125 includes breakfast and entry to the event at 8am  Regular Admission - $50 entry at 10am  Late Bloomer $25 entry at 1pm (sold only at the event, not in advance) For more information and to purchase your tickets, visit or call (860) 364-1080.

Dear Friends and Supporters of WSS, Our work at WSS is intense when we are responding to a crisis where a person experiencing domestic violence is in immediate danger. It is pressured when we are advocating for a victim who is facing her or his abuser in the court system. It is poignant when we are helping a client heal from abuse as we provide supportive counseling. The committed efforts of our direct-service staff are amazing to behold as they make a real difference in the lives of people who live right here in our communities and are in need of being free from domestic violence and abuse. But we could not be successful in this work without your partnership and, especially, your encouragement. Every kind word that comes our way, every volunteer who comes to us as their way of standing up against domestic violence and abuse, every client who taps into their courage and contacts us, and every professional or concerned friend who calls us demonstrates their trust in who we are and what we offer. We cherish this trust and strive to maintain it in all we do. Thank you! Sincerely,

Betsey Mauro, Executive Director

BOARD MEMBERS Judith Crouch, Chair Emily Vail, Vice Chair Steve McKibben, Treasurer Mimi Estes, Secretary Diana Bisselle C. Warren Carter Susan DeMelle Lisa Foster Katherine Freygang Maria Horn Alexandra Lange Clare Rashkof Carrie Smith Emma Wynn STAFF Dr. D. Elizabeth Mauro, Executive Director Vicki Kirkpatrick, Trade Secrets Event Coordinator & Financial Administrator Shelly Ross Robbins, Fund Development & Communications Coordinator Maggie Ianello, Program Manager Liz Davis, Adult Counselor Advocate Jessica Troy, Adult Counselor Advocate Rebecca Cohen-Lillard, Child Advocate & Community

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April is Sexual Violence Awareness Month Sexual violence occurs when someone is forced or manipulated into unwanted sexual activity without their consent. Reasons someone might not consent include fear, age, illness, disability, and/or influence of alcohol or other drugs. Sexual violence affects us all, but there are a number of steps we can take to prevent sexual violence by addressing the root causes that enable a culture of violence to thrive:      

Be a role model for respectful relationships Speak up when hearing harmful comments or witnessing acts of disrespect or violence Create preventive policies at workplaces and schools Invite agency representatives to speak at your club, religious institution, or workplace Participate in training workshops and mass media campaigns to raise awareness Encourage legislators to support prevention programs

Prevention is about changing social norms that support, and even encourage, sexual violence. Supporting positive norms that promote respect, equality, and healthy relationships requires a community effort. We all have a role to play in building communities free of violence. Resource: National Sexual Violence Resource Center 2006

Women’s Support Services would like to thank the following donors for their recent support: Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Non-Profit Learning Program Fleming Fund Hallingby Family Foundation Harvey Family Charitable Foundation Tony Kiser/The William and Mary Greve Foundation Ian MacTaggart Trust A full list of our 2015/2016 supporters will be included in our Annual Report this spring.

Contact Us:

P.O. Box 341 158 Gay Street Sharon, CT 06069 Tel: (860) 364-1080 Fax: (860) 364-5767

Find us Online Twitter: @Trade_SecretsCT Instagram: trade_secretsct

Women's Support Services, Inc. (WSS), is a non-profit domestic violence agency serving Support Northwest Connecticut Women’s Services, Inc. and the surrounding communities in New York and Massachusetts. The mission of WSS is to create a P.O. Box 341 158 Gay Street community free of domestic violence and abuse through intervention, Sharon, CT 06069 prevention, and education. Tel: 860.364.1080 Fax: 860.364.5767 Our current services – free of Email: 24-hour confidential hotline

Non-Profit Org US Postage PAID Permit No. 112 Lakeville, CT 06039

charge – include:

24-hour Crisis Hotline: Short-term emergency shelter860.364.1900 Individual counseling and safety planning Support groups Legal advocacy, transportation, and referral Violence prevention education and programming Training for local professionals PATRON Violence Prevention Education Program for pre-K - grade POSTAL 12

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About WSS

WSS is able to ofer our services free and confidential thanks to YOU!  Send a check or make a secure donation at  Send in your LaBonne’s receipts and WSS will receive a percentage  Donate your old cell phones  Create a fundraiser on Crowdrise portservice  Consider donating items that help our clients in need: *Phone, Gas, or Grocery cards *Gift certificates to local eateries *Used, but reliable cars for our Calling All Cars program

Women’s Support Services provides a 24-hour Crisis Hotline (860) 364-1900 All services are FREE and confidential. Collect calls are accepted.

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