Nancy Grace to deliver keynote address at Speaking of Women Luncheon

Award-winning legal commentator and outspoken victims’ rights activist Nancy Grace will be the keynote speaker at the Center for Family Justice’s 19th annual Speaking of Women luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Waterview in Monroe.

Grace, a former Atlanta-based prosecutor, is well-known for her tireless advocacy on behalf of crime victims in her role as host of CNN Headline News (HLN) top-rated legal affairs program Nancy Grace.

Speaking of Women is a major annual fundraiser for the center. The luncheon helps underwrite the costs of providing crisis and supportive services to victims of domestic and sexual violence and child abuse in the communities of Bridgeport, Fairfield, Easton, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull.

Grace initially came to television from the Atlanta-Fulton County District Attorney’s Office where she served for a decade as a special prosecutor of felony cases involving serial murder, sexual assault, child molestation and arson.

Following the murder of her fiancé, she gave up plans to become an English professor and instead became a prosecutor, eventually taking on her role as a legal commentator and activist.

“We are thrilled to have the incomparable Nancy Grace bring her passion for advocacy on behalf of victims of sexual and domestic violence and child abuse to our Speaking of Women podium,” said Debra A. Greenwood, president/CEO of the Center for Family Justice. “As someone who has been profoundly impacted by violent crime, we expect her to deliver a poignant keynote address that directly relates to our mission of supporting victims and transforming them into survivors.”

The honorary chair of Speaking of Women is Connecticut’s First Lady Cathy Malloy. Co-chairs are Donna Craft of Easton and Catherine Gallagher of Fairfield. Committee members include Jill Fitzburgh, Trevor Mullineaux and Roe Chlala of Fairfield, Sarah Cwikla Mastropole of Easton, Anna Rodrigues of Monroe and Barbara Liberman of Trumbull.

Mrs. Elizabeth M. Pfriem is the event’s title sponsor. People’s United Bank is a presenting sponsor and Moffly Media is exclusive media sponsor.

Ticket prices for Speaking of Women start at $175. Opportunities for table and corporate sponsorships are available.

For more information or to purchase tickets contact Marissa Donnelly at or 203-993- 8121.

About the Center for Family Justice

The Center for Family Justice Inc. (formerly the Center for Women and Families of Eastern  Fairfield County Inc.), brings all domestic, sexual and child abuse services — crisis intervention,  police, prosecutors, civil/legal providers, counseling — under one roof, in its headquarters in  Bridgeport.

Together, with its partners, the center works to break the cycle of violence by helping those in crisis restore their lives. Although the name has changed, the center continues with the work it has provided for 12 decades, providing free, confidential, bilingual crisis services in Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull.

It is the comprehensive services its partners are providing that are streamlining the road to healing and self-sufficiency.

Within the past year, the center answered more than 950 calls on a 24-hour crisis hotline; assisted with the civil and criminal court processes for more than 2,500 survivors of domestic violence; responded to more than 500 survivors of sexual assault and their families; provided a safe home for more than 100 women and children fleeing domestic abuse; coordinated the investigations of more than 170 cases of child sexual and severe physical abuse, developing service plans for the young survivors and their families; and provided psycho-educational support to more than 1,200 survivors of domestic violence, planning for their safety and promoting self-sufficiency.

As part of its mission, the center educates approximately 4,000 members of the community about the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse to prevent future violence and spread the word that about the services it offers at the Center for Family Justice. Annually, the center teaches more than 2,000 children and teens about building healthy relationships, bullying prevention and dating violence.

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