Financial Literacy for Domestic Violence Victims - and - Crime Prevention Awareness with McGruff the Crime Dog

October 13, 2010
Hosted by Susan Bartelstone

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Episode Description

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month AND Crime Prevention Awareness Month, so this week, Crime Prevention Specialist Susan Bartelstone speaks with the National Crime Prevention Council about the "new look" for McGruff the Crime Dog (you heard it here first, folks!). Then she talks about financial empowerment for domestic violence survivors with guests David Anderson of the national financial literacy agency WI$E and financial planner Anja Luesk, co-chair of the Pro Bono Division of the NY Chapter of the National Financial Planning Association and Denise Allen, a survivor who's gone on to thrive and now helps others design survival strategies. Finally, Susan speaks with the Empire Beauty Group, a supporter of the awesome Cut It Out program through which hairdressers learn how to address domestic violence among their clientele, about their Empire Gives Back Program. It'd be a crime NOT to listen!

Crime Prevention 101

Crime Prevention 101

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Welcome to Crime Prevention 101, the Personal Safety radio show with an optimistic perspective on a sober subject. Get set for personal safety stories that demand to be heard whether heartbreaking, infuriating or just plain weird; learn about hot crime topics and people who are making the headlines; and find out about the trends and legal developments that are going to impact your life, either positively or negatively, in the future. Most importantly, be empowered and inspired by success stories about people who've fought off an attacker or deterred a crime. You’ll also get a chance to address your own personal safety concerns, either by phone or e-mail. So, tune in to “Crime Prevention 101.” It'd be a crime not to listen!

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Susan Bartelstone

Susan Bartelstone

Talking the talk because she's walked the walk! Years ago, Susan Bartelstone had a bad break-up with a guy, complete with physical and emotional bruises, and determined to learn how to protect herself. Today, she's a certified Crime Prevention Specialist and personal safety expert, with 17 years combined training in WWII Combatives, self defense and martial arts. Along the way, she deterred five extremely dangerous criminal encounters, fought her way out of a surprise attack and, for more than 18 years, from such organizations as American Express, the U.S. Post Office and the Livery Cab Owners Coalition of New York.. Author of Think Fast and Prevent a Violent Crime: How to Respond to Danger in 20 Seconds (or Less!), which is based on her own experiences, she’s been featured in a long and varied list of media, including the “Today Show,” “America’s Most Wanted” and Self Magazine.

Over the years, she’s helped thousands of people solve their personal safety dilemmas with her personal safety programs and her practical advice—which stresses the many opportunities you have to avoid or defuse a criminal encounter and how to use your brains instead of your muscles in a fight.

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