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Refuse To Be A Victim &
New Focus, LLC

Refuse to Be A Victim

Refuse To Be A Victim (RTBAV) is the National Rifle Association's award winning crime prevention and personal safety seminar. The program was developed in response to nationwide requests for crime prevention seminars.

Refuse To Be A Victim teaches methods to avoid dangerous situations and prevent criminal confrontations. Seminar participants will be presented with a variety of commonsense crime prevention, personal safety strategies and devices that may be integrated into their personal home, automobile, telephone, technological, and travel security measures.

Safety experts agree that the single most important step toward ensuring your personal safety is making the conscious decision to Refuse To Be A Victim. Your chances of preventing a criminal confrontation is much better if you develop a safety plan before you need it.

This seminar teaches easy to understand methods you can use to increase your awareness and to prevent criminal confrontation. You will learn the tools you need to develop your own personal safety strategies, including information about:

The Psychology of Criminal Predators
Home and Cyber Security
Automobile and Travel Security
Personal and Technological Security
Self Defense Devices and Training options and more!


For more information on Refuse To Be A Victim or to register please contact Wendy Kessler at 781-496 5160 or You may also visit for more information.

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Anger isn't always the problem, it is how you handle it. Anger does become a problem when the individual experiences anger too frequently and anger levels are too intense to control and/or are expressed in an inappropriate manner. Anger can be a natural response to those situations where we feel threatened or where we believe another person has wronged us. Anger management is extremely important to teach us to self-regulate and to be able to control anger expression.

Our 12 week program is based on "The Anger Management Workbook and Curriculum" by Dr. Richard Pfeiffer. The curriculum includes:

-Learning to manage anger, -How to stop violence and the threat of violence,
-How to develop self-control over ones thoughts and actions and, -How to receive support and feedback from others.

The course includes; out of class homework, education about anger, anger cues and triggers, ways to measure anger episodes and how to monitor possible "escalation" of angry episodes, strategies and a plan to reduce and eliminate triggers and events and relaxation techniques and cognitive restructuring.

The program includes a 90 minute intake (pre and post testing), 12 weeks of group consisting of 90 minutes per week and MANDATORY entries to a weekly anger management log to be kept by group attendees.



-Lynette Accomando has worked in the Human Services field for over 30 years She holds an M.Ed. in Community Counseling. Lynette is an LRC, LSW, and LMHC. She holds certification as a Domestic Violence group facilitator.

-Wendy Kessler-Cody has also worked in the human services field for over 30 years. She holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and an M.Ed. in CommunityCounseling. Wendy served as a Corrections Officer at the Essex County Sheriff's Department and was Director of the Batterer Intervention Programs at both Tri- City Mental Health and Project Cope. Wendy also holds certification as a Domestic Violence group facilitator.

Both Lynette and Wendy are Certified Anger Management Specialists thru the National Anger Management Association (NAMA) This certification is nationally recognized.

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