BRIDGEPORT, CT — With keep at residence restrictions in place, the coronavirus has triggered an increase in home abuse all through Connecticut. People and households are actually confronted with selecting between well being dangers related to the coronavirus or staying at residence with an abusive accomplice.
The Middle for Household Justice (CFJ), which gives disaster and assist service to victims of home and sexual abuse in six native communities, is working tirelessly to maintain weak residents secure throughout the coronavirus. CFJ lately partnered with Bank of America to make sure its providers are nonetheless accessible to victims of abuse.
“Having Bank of America’s support at this critical time is a game changer for us as we strive to meet the growing and unprecedented needs of individuals and families experiencing what amounts to a second pandemic of trauma and abuse,” mentioned Deborah A. Greenwood, president & CEO of The Middle for Household Justice. “We are incredibly grateful to Bank of America for its incredible generosity.”
Since Gov. Ned Lamont introduced social distancing pointers in March, Greenwood famous home violence crimes are on the rise all through the state whereas charges for many different crimes have declined considerably. In the meantime, the Secure Join program run by the Connecticut Coalition Towards Home Violence (CCADV), famous a 54 % improve in calls to its home violence hotlines all through the state in April.
CFJ’s Kathie’s Place secure home, a 2019 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders awardee, is at capability and has been all through the pandemic.
“We have kept Kathie’s Place fully-staffed and operational as it is critical that victims have a safe place to go with their families,” Greenwood mentioned. “At the height of this health crisis, we were able to move a family escaping domestic violence into the safe house through the extraordinary efforts of our staff. Because of the support of Bank of America, we are able to continue to provide safety and protection to victims and their families.”
“Supporting our most vulnerable communities during the coronavirus is imperative, which is why Bank of America has committed local grants to non-profits throughout Connecticut,” mentioned Invoice Tommins, Southern Connecticut Market President for Bank of America.
“With the unfortunate rise in domestic abuse, the bank’s partnership with the Center for Family Justice is vital to residents in need,” he added. “We thank CFJ for being a strong advocate and safe harbor for domestic abuse victims.”
If you happen to or a cherished one are experiencing home or sexual violence and need assistance, name the Home Abuse hotline at 203.384.9559 or the Sexual Abuse Hotline at 203.333.2233.