Testimonials

I just wanted to say thank you for speaking at the naval base today. I was very touched/moved by you. You were AMAZING! I would love to have my wife listen to you if you ever come back to the area. Would you by chance know of or when you are coming back to CT? I was so moved by you today that I couldn’t wait to go home and tell her. I was completely speechless at the end of your talk. I wanted to shake your hand at the end, but the line was too long and I thought then that I would email you an…

Submariner (military personnel cannot allow me to reveal their names.)Naval Submarine BaseNew London, CT

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.

Gael StrackCEO National Family Justice Center Alliance

As a development professional for more than 17 years, I have worked with many celebrity guests and speakers; very few have captivated an audience and motivated the community to action like Janine Latus. As keynote speaker for the 2017 Women Against Violence luncheon, Janine took us along her tumultuous journey of sexual assault, violence, murder and ultimate survival. We sometimes forget how powerful words can be, until we hear someone as inspirational as Janine Latus. I was fortunate to see thi…

Tom HigginsDevelopment DirectorSamaritan HouseVirginia Beach, VA

Author, speaker and domestic violence advocate, Janine Latus, knows how to tell a story and captivate an audience. She received a standing ovation moving many to tears. The audience clearly identified with Janine, realizing the serious nature of our organization’s work and as a result, were highly motivated to give. Within the window of a 1-hour luncheon program, Janine helped Interface raise an additional $25,000 for a net total of $80,000.  These proceeds are vital to our ability to interve…

Catherine L. KortFund Development & Marketing DirectorInterface Children & Family ServicesCamarillo, CA

Even a month after she spoke at our event, her words still resonate in my head.  Janine’s message is powerful and impactful and opens one’s eyes to the battle victims of domestic violence face every day against their abuser.

Sarah GoldenChairpersonWomen Against ViolenceVirginia Beach, VA

Janine Latus delivers a powerful, sobering, yet inspirational keynote address.  Her audience was riveted, hanging on her every word.  I am so thankful she has shared her and her sister’s tragic story so she can help and offer hope to other women and children.

Erica HallockBoard MemberYWCASpokane, WA

Janine Latus was an incredible speaker for us in 2017.  Of course sharing her sister’s tragic story was absolutely heart-wrenching, but what I found especially compelling was her own personal story of abuse which was less about the physical but more verbal abuse in her previous relationships. I can’t help but think this was eye-opening for some our attendees that may not have realized they could potentially be in the same situation.  She was also willing to do whatever she could to support…

Mireya FitzloffEvent Chair & Board MemberYWCASpokane, WA

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 …

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

Our audience was diverse including nationally prominent philanthropists, university students, gender and women’s studies scholars, and a diverse cross-section of leaders from our local community.

Janine spoke to all of them with a presentation that told her story, helped us all feel the presence of her sister Amy, who lost her life to intimate partner violence, and provided guidance about warning signs related to unhealthy or dangerous relationships. She is not only a great speaker, but wise …

Lori DiPrete Brown 4W Women and Wellbeing Initiative UW-Madison

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 un…

Karen HadleyMidlands Family Justice CenterOmaha, Nebraska

Janine is an amazing woman and poignant speaker. We were honored to feature her as our keynote at our signature fund raising event. Her speech was heart breaking and sobering, and truly inspirational.  She is a survivor who motivated our attendees to donate more money and volunteer to support our mission.  Based upon the feedback from our attendees, we know that her powerful message touched many hearts – a message that provides hope for anyone affected by domestic violence. Because of Janine…

Kris UhenMilwaukee Women’s CenterMilwaukee, Wisconsin

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 o…

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

So thankful to Janine Latus for being a part of the USA VDay 2014 cast for an inspiring and empowering performance of A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant & A Prayer! Janine was my friend and fellow warrior from ODU and she brought her story and advocacy to South Alabama with truth, courage, passion, and a strong voice to help give a phenomenal end V-Day 2014 and to the Half the Sky -Common Read/Common World program.

Krista Harrell, Ph.D.Associate Dean of StudentsUniversity of South Alabama

Janine Latus was our keynote speaker at Old Dominion University for Stalking Awareness Month. She later agreed to be our local, celebrity cast member in the ODU performance of The Vagina Monologues. In both instances, Janine brought enormous energy and enthusiasm to her speaking roles. The ODU community could easily relate to her genuine and compelling style. As a writer, speaker, advocate and educator on issues of sexual and relationship violence, Janine is the voice of many silenced survivors.…

Joann Bautti, MPAProject Director, ODU U.S. Dept. of Justice Campus Grant Assistant Director, Women's CenterOld Dominion University

On behalf of the Domestic Violence program at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), We would like to extend our appreciation to Ms. Janine Latus for her presentation ̈A call to break the cycle of abuse: how do well-adjusted, successful women end up in strings of physically or emotionally abusive relationships?

The clever and compassionate narration of her sorrowful personal and family stories engaged the audience and contributed to create awareness of the Domestic Violence epidemic across g…

HRD EventsInter-America Development BankWashington, D.C.

Thank you so much for speaking today. I had watched your talk online, but seeing you speak in person was even better. I know you must hear this everywhere, but you truly are inspiring. Thank you for speaking on behalf of all the victims of violence who do not have your gift. You are saving lives because of your calling and your love for your sister, which shows so clearly in your talk.

Gail KentPresidentVirginia Professional Communicators

I have seldom heard the undergraduate students on our campus quieter than when Janine Latus was speaking to them. At the end of my class, students filed out, shaking her hand and offering their thanks. Over the course of the three days she spent on our campus, she spoke in five classes, at a campus-wide program, and with clients at our local women’s shelter. On campus, I frequently saw students talking with her privately, sometimes with tears in their eyes. Janine helps victims of abuse unders…

Lana A. WhitedProfessor of English, Director of the Boone Honors Program, and campus advisor to Help Save the Next GirlFerrum College

Janine is an incredible speaker with a story that captivated a room of nearly 900 professional women at our annual Women Who Care Share Luncheon. You could hear a pin drop in the room as guests were transfixed by her emotional story. She helped us raise over $130,000 for the services we provide to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Her real life stories highlight the importance of services and community support for victims. After the event many guests stopped to purchase a book and…

Catherine SalazarMarketing CoordinatorYWCA Oklahoma City