Janine Latus
New York Times Best-Selling author and domestic violence advocate
Janine Latus is an award-winning journalist, author and advocate, best known for her memoir, If I Am Missing or Dead: a sister’s story of love, murder and liberation, but Latus has had a long career of satisfying curiosity – her own and her readers’. She has crawled under George Washington’s mother’s chair to count chisel marks and busked on the streets of Chicago to write about what it’s like to sing for your supper. She has galloped the beaches of the Dominican Republic, studied the science of oyster farming and given over an entire evening to the pleasures of a perfect night of sushi, all to gather the kind of you-are-there details that make a story sing.

Her 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.


Interface Children & Family Service’s Domestic Violence Champion for Change Award

Maureen Shea
DV Champion 

Maureen Shea is a 2x World Champion Boxer and motivati onal speaker. Originally from Bronx, New York, she now resides in Oxnard, California.

Highly recognized for her work as Hillary Swank’s main spar ring partner for her award-winning role, Maureen is known as “The Real Million Dollar Baby”. For nearly a decade, Maureen  has been sharing stories from her own personal and professional experiences (in and out of the ring) on how she overca me many life obstacles, including being a victim of abuse.

Maureen is extremely passionate about her work in domestic violence prevention. Having a near death experience at the hands of an abuser, she found boxing as an outlet and tool to strengthen her, and it gave her a drive to help those in need.

“No one deserves to be abused or mistreated. There was a point in my life where I thought I did. Having survived a near death experience at the hands of my abuser, gave me more of a reason to help others who don't feel there is a way out or who feel they are getting what they deserve. My mission is to help domestic violence victims find their self-worth and inner strength, and know who they are and were before the abuse.”

Maureen has always shared her story of how boxing saved her life and helped her get out of her abusive relationship. From podcasts, to mainstream media such as The Wall Street Journal, ESPN, and CNN, Maureen has been able to reach millions, by sharing her story of domestic violence survival through boxing.

Maureen connects with her audience in a way that empowers them to face their challenges, change their lives and be determined to succeed. Her stories captivate the audience and her unforgettable message leaves them inspired.

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