The LI Law Podcast

Ep 8:Colleen Merlo, of L.I. Against Domestic Violence, speaks about the hotline and supportive services provided to survivors of domestic abuse.

August 7, 2019

Welcome to the LI Law Podcast.  We feature legal issues and developments which affect Long Island residents and business owners.  The podcast focuses on Long Island law topics and includes greater New York court and legislative happenings.  If you are one of the approximate 8 million residents of Long Island (Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, and Kings counties), or want to enjoy all law-related matters on Long Island, this podcast is for you!

Your host, Zehava Schechter, is an attorney admitted to the New York Bar for 30 years.  She concentrates her private practice in estate planning, administration, and litigation; real estate law; contracts, and business formation and dissolution.  If you like this podcast, you may want to look for Zehava’s monthly articles in the Malverne/West Hempstead Herald and the Beacon newspaper.

Our guest on this 8th episode is Colleen Merlo, the Executive Director of L.I. Against Domestic Violence. 

L.I. Against Domestic Violence (LIADV) is committed to the empowerment of victims and survivors of domestic violence through supportive services including hotline, counseling, vocational training, emergency shelter, prevention and educational resources and legal advocacy.

Organizational Focus: L.I. Against Domestic Violence is proud to be a pioneer in reaching out to victims and survivors of abuse on Long Island for over 40 years.

LIADV offers comprehensive services that address the multi-faceted needs of a victim and the entire family and provides services to build on clients’ resiliency and promote lifelong healing. They welcome all victims of domestic violence, regardless of race, creed, language, gender, age, sexual orientation, social economic background, or other social class.  

Colleen Merlo has worked for more than 20 years in the not-for-profit sector, focusing on issues of violence, gender equity, mental health and poverty.  Serving as the Executive Director of L.I. Against Domestic Violence since June 2014, her visionary leadership has increased capacity and broadened the agency’s ability to respond to the changing needs of L.I.  Ms. Merlo earned her MSW Work at SUNY Stony Brook.  She is a past Co-Chair of the Suicide Prevention Coalition of L.I.  Ms. Merlo serves on the Board of the Health and Welfare Council, the Association for Mental Health and Wellness and on the Suffolk County Family Violence Task Force, chairing the Prevention Sub-Committee. Ms. Merlo enjoys nature, yoga, spending time with her family and two dogs and promoting a vegan lifestyle.

Contact information for LIADV (primarily serving Suffolk County residents):

320 Carleton Ave, Suite 8000

Central Islip, NY 11722

Office telephone: 631.666.7181

24 Hour Hotline: 631.666.8833


Contact information for The Safe Center LI, Inc. (primarily serving Nassau County residents):  

 The Safe Center LI, Inc.
15 Grumman Road West, Suite 1000
Bethpage, NY 11714
Office Telephone: 516.465.4700

24-hour Hotline at 516.542.0404

 Thank you, Colleen, and welcome to the podcast!

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 W. Zehava Schechter, Esq. specializes in estate planning, administration and litigation; real estate law; and contracts and business law. Her law practice is located on Long Island.

 No podcast is a substitute for competent legal advice.  Please consult with the attorney of your choice concerning specific legal questions you may have.