Mission: The domestic violence crisis center is committed to promoting the fundamental right of all individuals to be safe in their relationships. Dvcc offers confidential services at no charge, including civil representation and criminal advocacy, group and individual counseling, temporary shelter, housing services, children's services, medical advocacy, professional adult trainings, multilingual services, peaceworks prevention education and a 24-hour hotline.
Programs: Stamford and norwalk safehouses - crisis shelters for victims of domestic violence and their children who would otherwise be homeless are provided immediate safety and access to specialized resources. Dvcc remains the leader in provision of shelter to ipv victims in ct; indeed, the number of individuals residing in dvcc safehouses each year has quintupled since 2005, from 62 in 2007 to an average of 425 per year over the past four years. Our position as the largest provider of shelter is attributed to the depth and breadth of the services offered via the continuum of care.
court and legal project - ensures that victims of ipv are informed about their rights and remedies within the courts and supported in their interactions with law enforcement. Dvcc attorneys and advocates also advocate within the system for a victim-centered response by all providers. Results of our efforts include a 36% reduction (to 12%) of the dual arrest rate (both victim and offender arrested) since 2010. Dvcc family violence victim advocates meet with a multidisciplinary team that reviews between 80-100 domestic violence cases weekly in both the norwalk and stamford courts. Our civil legal clinics continue at both dvcc office sites, providing education sessions led by local attorneys on civil legal matters related to the abuse. Within the lethality assessment program, four local police departments performed 171 danger screens on domestic violence calls between june and october 2014 56% screened in at high danger, 34 connected directly to dvcc, and 29 accessed further services.
counseling project - trauma-informed individual and group counseling for adults and the youth services program, specialized interventions for children exposed to ipv. Counseling directs esperanzact, our spanish-language website and on line resource, one of few comprehensive programs of its kind in the u. S. , connecting the growing latino communities within our service area to all dvcc services and information in a culturally and linguistically specific manner.