2018 Initiatives

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the yellow dress                                  Feb 6, 2018

The Yellow Dress is a dramatic one-woman play based on the stories of young women who were victims of dating violence. Speaking in an intimate and honest monologue, Anna describes her relationship that started out as young love full of passion and promise that ultimately ends in tragedy. This carefully constructed play allows the audience to learn about the cycle of dating violence. The audience watches as Anna describes the different types of abuse that she experienced, the effects that abuse has on the victims of dating violence, and how difficult it is to leave an abusive relationship. (The Yellow Dress was written by Deborah Lake Fortson and originally produced by Sydney Patten)

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family fun day                                     Sept 29, 2018

Please join the DDAC and YWCA at DARIEN’S FAMILY FUN DAY on Sept 29, 2018 from 1:00-4:00pm at Hindley School. It will be an afternoon for you and your family, including pets, to join your community members for activities and crafts to brighten your day and put a smile on your face while “lighting the path to positive relationships”. 

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pinwheels                                                   Oct 2018

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month the DDAC displays purple and yellow pinwheels representing the number of domestic violence victims in Darien in front of the Darien Library. 

Janine Latus Author of  If I Am Missing or Dead: A Sister's Story of Love, Murder and Liberation

Janine Latus Author of If I Am Missing or Dead: A Sister's Story of Love, Murder and Liberation

JANINE LATUS                                                   JAN 2018

Janine Latus is the author of the international bestseller If I Am Missing or Dead: A Sister's Story of Love, Murder and Liberation, which tells the story of two sisters who grow up to choose angry and controlling men. One breaks free and thrives; the other is murdered by her live-in boyfriend. Janine is the sister who survived, and she had to travel to help identify her sister's body.

Since then she has spoken widely on the spectrum of sexual assault and intimate partner violence, telling her story to hundreds of audiences, from the United States military to universities, high schools and colleges, corporations and on the TEDx stage. Her goal is to always leave her audiences haunted. She has helped shelters and social service agencies raise hundreds of thousands of dollars, helped corporations create a safer environment by teaching them how to recognize the symptoms of abuse, and helped the military create a healthier climate within its commands.

Be sure to go to http://www.janinelatus.com/speaker/testimonials/ to see what former audience members and/or clients have said.