Since our founding in 1975, the Women’s Center has been a safe haven as the sole provider of services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in the Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield County areas.
Each year, the Center serves over 20,000 individuals from our area communities. Our free and confidential services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
All funds provided to the Center support our critically needed domestic violence, sexual assault and resource services for adults and children in our 13-town service area, including: Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Sherman, and Washington.
The Center’s key areas of focus include:
1. Emergency Shelter & Support Services: Since 1975, the Women’s Center has saved lives and offered a safe and secure environment for adult and child victims of domestic and sexual violence. Women and children are served by our 13-bed shelter, Elizabeth House, while men are provided shelter in a separate safe location.
2. Counseling & Advocacy Services: We offer individual and support group counseling and advocacy services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and for those dealing with other major life transitions such as separation and divorce, grief and loss, and self-esteem issues.
3. Crisis Intervention: The Center provides two 24-hour hotlines for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and our trained advocates provide on-site emergency response at area hospitals, police departments and at court. Walk-ins are also served at the 2 West Street facility.
4. Community Education, Primary Prevention & Training: We firmly believe that the path toward ending the violence lies in education,and toward that end we provide educational programs free of charge throughout our communities - from pre-school aged children to senior citizens. Primary prevention and education programs are provided in schools from pre-K through college level as well as to area businesses, social and civic groups, and faith-based organizations. Programs include: Healthy Relationships, Anti-bullying, Staying Safe on College Campuses, Gender Images in the Media and more.