Janine is a dynamic and engaging speaker on the spectrum of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Author of the international bestseller If I Am Missing or Dead: A Sister’s Story of Love, Murder and Liberation, is a heart-wrenching journey of discovery as she traces the roots of her own — and her sister’s — victimization with unflinching candor. Janine uses her own heart-breaking story to illustrate the insidious signs of abuse, to help audience members recognize them in their own lives and in those of the people around them, to intervene or ask for help, to break free or help others to do so, and then to build a life of respect and freedom from fear.
Latus’ work has appeared in O, the Oprah magazine, More, Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Parents, All You, American Baby and the inflight magazines for US Air, American Airlines, Continental and TWA. Her commentaries have aired on Public Radio International’s Marketplace, and she routinely speaks at conferences, workshops and press events on things as far apart as domestic violence and the joy of selecting the perfect verb. She has taught at the Missouri School of Journalism and at East Carolina University, and at writing workshops in Missouri, North Carolina, Wisconsin and now in Virginia. She continues to have magazine story adventures while working on a new book.
Rachel Coalition, a division of Jewish Family Service of MetroWest, NJ, was established in 1999, as a partnership of nine Northern NJ organizations, working together to provide a variety of services to assist victims of domestic violence and those living in high conflict households.
Services are delivered by a highly trained staff of licensed social workers specializing in helping victims of domestic violence and their families including:
- Counseling for Victims & Their Children
- Legal Assistance for Final Restraining Orders
- Community Awareness & Education
- Support Groups & Financial Empowerment Workshops
Robin Polson, Chair, Rachel Coalition
Diane K. Squadron, PsyD, JFS CEO
Lynn Gruber, Lois Kaish and Ronnie Senior
Lila Bernstein, Jody Caplan, Karen Cherins, Debbi Farkas, Carol Nelson Felzenberg, Pam Fishman, Terri Friedman, Ellen Goldner, Vivian Laska, Lisa Lindauer, Linda Lowenthal, Joan Nelson, Debby Stein and Sheri Wolfson