Bridgeport, CT – With stay-at-home restrictions in place, the coronavirus has triggered an increase in home abuse all through Connecticut. People and households at the moment are confronted with selecting between well being dangers related to the coronavirus or staying at dwelling with an abusive associate. The Heart for Household Justice (CFJ), which supplies 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 not too long ago partnered with Bank of America to make sure its providers are nonetheless out there 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,” stated Deborah A. Greenwood, President & CEO of The Heart for Household Justice. “We are incredibly grateful to Bank of America for its incredible generosity.”
Since Gov. Ned Lamont introduced social distancing tips 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 Protected Join program run by the Connecticut Coalition In opposition to 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,” defined Greenwood. “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,” stated 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. We thank CFJ for being a strong advocate and safe harbor for domestic abuse victims.”
When you 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.
About The Heart for Household Justice:
CFJ supplies disaster and supportive providers to victims of home and sexual violence and youngster abuse within the communities of Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull.
Final 12 months, CFJ supplied these providers to nearly 5,000 adults and kids from its service space.
The free, confidential assist and providers CFJ presents to all of its purchasers embrace:
Kathie’s Place, a 15-bed secure home, which presents shelter for victims leaving abusive relationships. (For the previous three years, this secure home has been full on an nearly each day foundation.)
Quick-term counseling for victims in addition to assist teams for extra long-term assist.
24-hour disaster hotlines
Security-planning for victims in abusive intimate associate or home relationships.
A court-based workforce that helps victims whose abusers are engaged with the felony justice system.
Attorneys who help with the various complicated authorized wants our purchasers face together with divorces, youngster custody points, restraining orders, immigration points and housing issues.
A community of group companions, together with regulation enforcement professionals, who work on-site at our headquarters.
Camp HOPE America-Connecticut, a summer time camp and year-long mentoring program for younger individuals who have skilled the trauma of home or sexual violence.
Companies inclusive of LBGTQ victims and survivors.
A specialised workforce which works with kids impacted by excessive abuse and trauma and coordinates forensic interviews for court docket hearings.
Our Rise & Thrive Self-Sufficiency packages which assist our purchasers lead impartial lives.
Campus Advocates who supply the identical type of assist we provide at our Bridgeport headquarters to college students on native school and college campuses.
Education schemes targeted on understanding and stopping the generational cycles of home and sexual violence.
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