Crisis agency seeks donations to accommodate domestic violence victims

A 24/7 crisis agency is looking for donations to help accommodate Connecticut victims of domestic violence.

News 12 Staff

May 14, 2021, 5:39 PM

Updated 1,106 days ago

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A 24/7 crisis agency is looking for donations to help accommodate Connecticut victims of domestic violence.
The Center for Family Justice is a 24/7 crisis agency has been serving the greater Bridgeport area for 125 years.
The nonprofit helps shelter families suffering from domestic and sexual violence.
The Center for Family Justice has had a safe house for victims but recently needed to find a bigger site due to overwhelming demand.
President and CEO Debra Greenwood says there's been talks the past few years to move to a bigger space and that the decision was made to do so during the pandemic.
"We've seen a 2,000% increase in people that needed to live inside a safe house. They needed support for food besides the shelter. Their children needed support, they needed clothing," Greenwood says.
Greenwood says after touring nearly a dozen spots, she found the one.
"We call it the Empowerhouse. That's to empower those living in the domestic violence safe house," Greenwood says.
The new safe house is three times bigger, totaling 11,000 square feet.
The multimillion-dollar project will not only add more bedrooms but will better accommodate victims with more than one child and victims in wheelchairs.
There will be offices right inside the house for counseling, computer labs, a room to mediate, and a playground too.
"We can help them move on with their lives and become survivors much quicker," Greenwood says.
For more information about how to donate, click here.


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