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.
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!
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.