Addresses the Common Question: “Why Doesn’t She Just Leave”

inhershoesWindham County, CT – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, an issue that remains prevalent in Northeast Connecticut communities; yet is often ignored and many times misunderstood due to its complexities.   In Her Shoes is a two-hour interactive presentation that explores the lives of survivors of domestic violence. Participants will move, do, think, and experience the lives of women in an abusive relationship. It will allow participants to understand the severe challenges that survivors of domestic violence face each day and to help answer the question: Why doesn’t she just leave?

Monday, October 31, 2016

12:00pm – 2:00pm           “In Her Shoes” Quinebaug Valley Community College,                                   Room 10, 729 Main Street, Willimantic, CT

“Domestic Violence continues to be a major issue in Northeastern Connecticut,” said Diane L. Manning, President and CEO of United Services. “Community awareness is one of the strongest methods of prevention and we are excited to offer opportunities for people to learn more about and speak out against domestic violence this October.”

This year alone there have been 9 intimate partner homicides in Connecticut, while Domestic Violence emergency shelter beds remain full throughout the state. Last year in Northeast Connecticut United Services’ Domestic Violence Program (DVP) served 858 adults and 111 children with life-saving services including emergency shelter, hotline crisis calls, risk assessment, safety planning, advocacy, counseling and information & referral.  United Services provides the only domestic violence shelters and services in Northeastern Connecticut. Our Domestic Violence Program offers a wide array of services designed to respond to the needs of victims and their children as they rebuild their lives free of abuse, including a 24/7 hotline, shelter, advocacy and counseling services.

For more information or to RSVP for the presentation please contact or

Domestic Violence Program’s Hotline Number: (860) 774-8648 or (860) 456-9476

Quinebaug Valley Community College Number: (860) 932-4299 (Please ask for Louise Brown)