Domestic Violence Crisis Center

Rating: 5 stars   9 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Homeless & Housing, Crime & Law

Location: 5 Eversley Ave Ste 303 Norwalk CT 06851 USA

Mission: The Domestic Violence Crisis Center, Inc.'s(DVCC) vision is that all people in our communities are safe from the threat of domestic violence in their lives. DVCC is committed to breaking the cycle of domestic abuse through Counseling, Education, Advocacy, Safe Housing and Empowerment (C.E.A.S.E.). The values that underlie all our work and decisions are empowerment, respect, integrity, and compassion.We believe that violence is a learned behavior and a social issue that crosses all racial, religious, and socio-economic boundaries. We are committed to providing an environment that enables individuals to make decisions about their own lives regardless of our hopes and fears for them. The foundation of our work is the conviction that every person deserves a life free from violence. We subscribe to a supportive/educational-counseling model that emphasizes empowerment and enhances a person's ability to make decisions in their best interest and ensure safety for themselves and their children.
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

After going through the training and certification program for DVCC (which is very emotional on so many levels -- from despair to an overwhelming sense of hope) I knew I wanted to be involved in a pro-active program within DVCC. I was encouraged to look into the community educational programs and immediately focused on the childrens' program -- reaching out to children in nursery school (yes, nursery school 3 and 4 year olds) thru second graders! The program is Stop Take 5 and Think ... and utilizies puppets! I was a puppeteer and loved every moment of the experience. The children understood angry feelings and hurt feelings and were eager to problem solve and come up with positive solutions rather than using hurtful words or fists. They also realize that there are consequences for hurting someone on the inside with words just as severe as the child who may hurt someone on the outside by hitting. The program proves that children are capable of empathy, know right from and wrong and truly are honest, helpful and loving at their core. The program is available to all schools within our community. Schools invite us back year after year and the children remember us and the lesson we leave them with even though it may 12 months later from our last visit! I am very passionate about this program and believe it is critical to childhood development. I moved out of the country two years ago and have lobbied very hard to bring this program my adopted home because I know the good that this program is capable of within a community. Additonally their PeaceWorks and e-voices newsletter are a welcome and creative addition to the Center!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

please see above comments.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being able to work with children (especially my nephews and their classmates) in the schools in my community -- by teaching them to understand and believe in the importance of respectful behavior especially when a disagreement arises.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Helpful, compassionate and professional!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

offer the community educational programs to every grade in every school in our community rather than in just the schools that have a budget for our services.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

DVCC does the work of a million, with just a small, dedicated and amazing staff. They are highly organized and run by a fearless leader. Their coverage area is large and one of the richest in the country, making their expenses also one of the largest. Just securing space and resources is a huge time committment and this agency reaches out to every dark corner of Domestic Violence - from medical professionals to legal and court help, counseling to women and children to prevention in the schools.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching the children come in and physically be able to breathe easier knowing they're in a safe environment and Mommy may be able to get help.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing that I'm even a small part for the greater good of eliminating intimate partner violence.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate and kind

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

spend more time on doing what they do best - helping to prevent, heal and end domestic violence and the cycle of abuse that carries on for generations instead of having to spend countless hours fundraising, writing grants, etc

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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