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Unhealthy Relationships: How to Recognize Them and Help

Prince Frederick, MD - 10/16/2011

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The Women’s InitiativeWI) of United Way of Calvert County and the Calvert CountyCommission for Women are hosting a Dinner and Seminar series featuring guest speaker Laura Martin, State’s Attorney, who will be speaking on the topic – Could Your Teen Be in Danger? Unhealthy Relationships: How to recognize them and help.  The event will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2011 from 6-8 at the Springhill Suites by Marriott in Prince Frederick.  Tickets are $50 in advance and $55 at the door.  Reservations can be made online at, or call 410-286-0101.

Laura Martin was elected State’s Attorney for Calvert County and sworn into office in January of 2007.  She earned her law degree from the American University, Washington College of Law in 1988 and began her legal career as a prosecutor for the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office where she worked for ten years, spending the last four years as Assistant Chief of the Homicide Unit.  In 1998, she joined the Calvert County State’s Attorney’s Office as Deputy State’s Attorney.

Martin is active in the community speaking at neighborhood community watch groups, local churches, and schools and is passionate about this topic. She serves on both the Maryland State Sentencing Commission and the State Board of Victim Services.

“We are excited to have Laura Martin as a guest speaker,” said UWCC Director of Development, Linda Fadely.“We believe this is a topic that many parents and their teens will want to hear about.” Fadely continued, “We are also excited about joining with the Commission for Women on this and hope to partner with them on other events.”

The WI is an organization within United Way of Calvert County that was modeled after a number of successful Women's Initiatives in other major cities across the nation.  Founded by a group of corporate, civic, and community leaders its mission is “to engage caring women leaders to measurably improve the quality of life for Calvert County women, children and families through the investment of their time, talent and treasure.” The WI expands women's ability to be a strong voice and achieve results in the non-profit arena through philanthropy, leadership, mentoring, and volunteerism.

The Calvert County Commission for Women is the County's volunteer agency charged with: developing opportunities for women, eliminating barriers that prevent women from realizing their full potential, and giving recognition to the contributions of women in Calvert County. As the voice for women in the county, the Commission functions as an advocacy agency and information clearinghouse. Through its publications, women's forums, annual women's recognition awards, a continuing education scholarship program, and active participation in community events, the Commission provides information and referral for services and advocates on behalf of county residents.

To learn more about the United Way’s Women’s Initiative or to become involved, contact Linda Fadely at United Way of Calvert County at 410-286-0101.  Or visit the website at For more information on the Commission for Women, please contact the Chair at or visit the website at

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