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Blog Posts by Dennis Golden,
Chief Executive Officer, IM-SAFE LLC

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 Dennis@im-safeInstitute.org 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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Stopping The Violence

For decades, media writers, directors and producers have told us that the violent content they create is harmless. We are told that in spite of the glamour and impact what we see, read and hear regarding violence, program content plays no part in making us a more violent society. Today the mantra of “if it bleeds it leads” is the marketing brass ring for every news outlet struggling for market share. Endless descriptions and repeated video coverage on “how it’s done” often produces copycat incidents. When kids played games like Cowboys and Indians, for example, the portrayal of media violence …

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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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IM-SAFE® on “Better Connecticut”

IM-SAFE’s Jennifer Lownik & Dennis Golden appeared on WFSB Channel 3′s “Better Connecticut” show (5/31/12) to provide some tips on how to secure your home from a burglary, break-in or home invasion. Watch the video below:

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New Law In CT Targets Domestic Violence

New law passed by the legislature in Connecticut May 9, 2012 aims to protect victims. New law takes steps to create a standard approach to family crime by police including more training for police officers and the designation of a domestic-violence point person in each department.

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Witnessing Violence Can Change Child’s DNA

I read about new research from the Journal of Molecular Psychiatry proving that witnessing abuse and violence can actually alter a someone’s DNA. Young children exposed to repeated violence such as domestic abuse and verbal harassment display shortened strands of DNA. To summarize: The stress ages them beyond their years.

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