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Janine Latus

Janine Latus is a dynamic and engaging speaker on the spectrum of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. She has told her story to hundreds of audiences, from the United States military to universities, high schools, and corporations, she leaves audiences haunted by her insights. She has helped shelters and social service agencies raise hundreds of thousands of dollars, has helped corporations create a safer environment by teaching them how to recognize the symptoms of abuse, and has served as part of a team intent on improving the climate within military structures.

 

Janine, author of the international bestseller If I Am Missing or Dead, 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. Her talks are part story, part strategy, based on the Duluth Power & Control Wheel and full of practical action items. But because they are built on a story, they resonate long after everyone has left the session room.

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Janine Latus Reviews

Nayli Russo-Long, VP, People & Strategy, Pittsburgh Pirates

Review: That was the most powerful and impactful session I have experienced in my life. I apologize if at the end I didn’t say much. I was at a loss for words and honestly just wanted people to sit with it and think about the impact of the session. Let Janine know that people messaged me to tell me how incredible she is and how moved they were by the session

Gael Strack, CEO, National Family Justice Center Alliance

Review: Janine Latus is an inspirational speaker. She will touch your heart and mind. You can hear a pin drop when she speaks and the sound of a standing ovation when she’s done. Do not hesitate to invite this very dynamic keynote speaker! She will move the audience into action.

Helen R. Klebesadel, Director, Women's and Gender Studies Consortium, Co-Chair 2018 4W Summit

Review: We could not have chosen a better or more significant keynote presenter for our women’s and gender studies conference with an audience of students, faculty, community members and activists. Janine Latus uses the narrative of her own life and family losses to help other women and girls understand how intimate partner abuse can happen to anyone. She has the ability to engross her audience with an engaging yet candid style of delivery that ranks her as a first-class story and truth-teller. The question and answer period made it clear exactly how much impact she had on the young women who heard her and connected with her message. Later a medical doctor in the audience told me she planned to purchase a case of Janine’s book to hand to her patients.

Rita Bailey, Executive Director, Darien Domestic Abuse Council, Inc.

Review: If you haven’t seen Janine Latus’ Presentation “If I am Missing or Dead, a story of Love, Murder & Liberation” you need to. 1/3 women, 1/4 men will or have experienced Domestic Violence. Janine’s compelling life story puts a face on these statistics. You’ll be reminded, KNOWLEDGE IS POWER.

Karen Hadley, Midlands Family Justice Center, Omaha, Nebraska

Review: Janine’s unforgettable story of abuse is two-fold. First, she told of her personal abusive relationship … to the outside world, they looked perfect. They had a beautiful home, money, social status, all of the things that would reflect their affluent lifestyle. However, what people did not know about was his extremely controlling behavior. Second, Ms. Latus told the heartfelt story about her sister Amy, whose abusive relationship ultimately led to her murder. Ms. Latus’ candor as the story unfolds draws the audience in. One can only imagine the emotions Janine felt as they looked desperately for her missing sister and later for the man who ended her life. Ms. Latus is a gifted speaker and writer, but more importantly, Janine is a passionate advocate for domestic violence, who uses her gifts to educate the public and help others navigate through their own painful journey.

Melissa Lukin, MBA Executive Director, Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA), San Mateo, California

Review: I just wanted to let you know that the impact of your talk has been reverberating like a stone thrown into a pond. The splash was fantastic enough itself, but the ripples have been sobering and hopeful all at once. I have received calls from attendees, one after the next, who want to help a friend, or a good friend’s sister or a sister’s good friend….We have been putting informational packets together not for clients—those, of course we have—but for the concerned loved ones who are tired of standing back shaking their heads and worrying, who heard the clarion call and feel inspired and empowered to do something to help. It’s very touching. Your story sparked it in a big way. Thank you for mobilizing community members who feel helpless, as well as who knows how many actual victims in the audience. Second, Ms. Latus told the heartfelt story about her sister Amy, whose abusive relationship ultimately led to her murder. Ms. Latus’ candor as the story unfolds draws the audience in. One can only imagine the emotions Janine felt as they looked desperately for her missing sister and later for the man who ended her life. Ms. Latus is a gifted speaker and writer, but more importantly, Janine is a passionate advocate for domestic violence, who uses her gifts to educate the public and help others navigate through their own painful journey.

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