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IM-SAFE® on “Fox & Friends” (3/12/13)

IM-SAFE’s Executive Vice President Jennifer G. Lownik appeared on the March 12th Fox&Friends segment “Should lawmakers decide how you defend yourself from attack?” about an exchange between a Colorado lawmaker and a rape victim at a gun control hearing. Watch the video below:

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IM-SAFE® on “Fox & Friends” (2/20/13)

Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson welcomes IM-SAFE’s Executive Vice President Jennifer G. Lownik to the “Fox & Friends” segment “Whistles, not guns to protect women” (2/20/13). Watch the video below:

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Preventing Domestic Abuse

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Dennis Golden Executive Director 860-651-9611 IM-SAFE® INSTITUTE MAKES OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT AND OFFERS PROGRAMS FOR THE PREVENTION OF DOMESTIC ABUSE Simsbury, CT – February 14, 2013 – The IM-SAFE® Institute makes an official announcement of its new 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. According to Dennis Golden, Executive Director, the Institute’s mission is to provide women, and those they love, with the means to stand tall against abuse from a partner, a workplace bully or sexual predator. Jennifer Lownik, Avon resident is the president of the Simsbury based IM-SAFE Institute and has spent more than a decade […]

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Abuse & Advice: Resource Guide on Domestic Violence

Abuse & Advice: An Online Resource Guide on Domestic Violence What is Domestic Violence? Domestic violence refers to a pattern of behavior that is used to gain or maintain control over an intimate partner. Many people think of physical violence when they hear this term, but domestic violence also includes sexual abuse, financial abuse, emotional and mental abuse, and verbal abuse. Physical abuse involves hitting, punching, kicking, biting, and other physical behaviors used to control a partner. Sexual abuse refers to several different behaviors. Sexually abusive partners may force their partners to have sex or insist that their partners dress […]

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Engage Don’t Enrage

When faced with someone who is verbally abusive, our normal reaction is to either defend ourselves by speaking up or breaking eye contact and backing down. Either one of these approaches can escalate the encounter. So if speaking up or turning the other cheek are not good options, what should you do when faced with verbal aggression? Go silent while making direct eye contact with the aggressor. This will give you time to think and plan how you will react. During your silent period, listen carefully to what is being said. Nod as the person speaks. Keep your facial expressions […]

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Preventing Domestic Abuse … Using Monkey Logic

Have you ever watched someone eat banana? Most will start at the “pop top” and try to break it free. The process can be quite messy. And yet with our higher intelligence we keep doing the same thing over and over again – hoping the outcome will be better the next time around. Now go to a local zoo and watch the monkeys for a while. You will see that monkeys turn the banana upside down (to our way of thinking) and open from the “bottom end” and finish it off quickly — without mess or fuss. How many of […]

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You can never completely protect yourself from sexual assault, however you can reduce your risk by doing the following: Develop a plan. Any plan you develop in advance (even if it is not the exact match for what happens) will be better than any plan you try to put together under stress. Having a game plan in place before you need one puts you ahead of the curve by giving you a starting point. Be aware. Know how you will react when your instinct says “something is not right.” Never ignore your intuition. Conquer Fear. Predators try to control victims […]

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The Paradox of Women’s Self-Defense

HI DENNIS AND JEN, I wanted to share this story with you. I was living in San Francisco with a friend having left my hometown to be out on my own. One day I met a man while at a cafe. He made me feel very comfortable and we began a conversation. Knowing I was new to the area he suggested visiting Golden Gate Park. When we got on the bus, the first thing I should have noticed, (first warning) was the bus driver kept looking in his rear view mirror at us. When we got off the bus, the driver […]

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Criminal Attack Foiled by Blinds

A while back Susan W. discovered that words and attitude matter. Stopping a crime before it happens is always better than trying to come up with a plan while facing an attacker. Here is her personal story. Hi Dennis and Jen: I agree on the confronting and yelling.  I came home from work one night at around 2 a.m. and went right to bed. I lie there in bed and started falling asleep and then heard a noise outside my bedroom window. I listened intently until I determined that someone was opening the window. There were blinds over the window […]

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Learn How To Use Defensive Communication

Its always fun when we get a letter like this… Hi Dennis and Jen. Not long ago many people thought it was odd for a woman to be a police officer, a plumber or fire fighter.  Stranger still was the thought that women could fly military aircraft or drive trucks. That got me thinking … what allows some women to accomplish their goals while others struggle or live in fear?  To me the answer is obvious. Successful women know when you deal with men and life in general you must think of yourself as an equal competitor. Women need to know what […]

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