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Women's Center of Greater Danbury

Domestic Violence Hotline: (203) 731-5206
Sexual Assault Hotline: (203) 731-5204


Advisory Council


Council Members 

Deborah Backes, Owner, Deborah Ann's Sweet Shoppe

Brenda Berta, Community Activist

Wendy Wo Beurket, Community Activist

Rebecca Ciota, Attorney, Rebecca L. Ciota Legal Group, LLC

LouAnn Daprato, Senior Loan Officer, Total Mortgage

Paul P. Dinto, President and CEO, Paul Dinto Electrical Contractors

Beth Ann Fetzer, Assistant Vice President, Savings Bank of Danbury

Hillel Goldman, Attorney, Mix & Goldman, LLC

Kathy Graham, Vice President, Fairfield County Bank

Nancy Hawley, Selectman, Town of Bridgewater

Barbara R. Manners, Selectman, Town of Ridgefield

Nancy Murphy, Community Activist

Mark J. Nolan, Partner, Nolan Enterprises

Glori Norwitt, Chair, Women's Center Board of Directors/Community Activist

Kathleen Pape, Community Activist

John Royce, Partner, Candlewood Inn, Fox Hill Inn, The Riverview & The Waterview

Rona Rothhouse, Community Activist

Harold Spratt, Retired

Paul Steinmetz, Director of Community Relations & Public Affairs, Western CT State University

Allison Stockel, Executive Director, The Ridgefield Playhouse

Eileen Walker, Community Activist

Patricia A. Zachman, President & CEO, Women's Center

Women's Center in the News

June 2018

Teen Dating Violence Workshop at the Ridgefield Library on Tuesday

State awards $991,000 to Danbury Women’s Center for renovations

Women's Center Receives State Bonding Award

May 2018

The Women's Center Seeks Candidates for Special Events Manager Position

Bond Commission expected to approve money for Women's Center

Purple Party on the Patio June 6 to benefit the Women's Center of Greater Danbury

April 2018

Church concert to benefit Women’s Center of Greater Danbury

Coffee for a Cause Monday April 23

Teal Ribbons Signal Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Teal Ribbons Raise Awareness About Sexual Assault

Esty case should act as warning on harassment issues, experts say

WCSU teams up with Women's Center to host Step Up’ Against Sexual Assault event on April 4

March 2018

Redding teacher to speak at Women’s Center gala

Women’s Center Announces Guest Speaker Michelle Pranger for Spring Fundraiser An Evening Together

Connecticut considers changes to sexual assault statute of limitations

WCSU, Danbury women’s center to host ‘Clothesline Project’

Giving Women and Families Hope for Lives Free Of Sexual Assault and Violence

February 2018

Dozens of Danbury-area nonprofits gear up for Thursday’s ‘Giving Day’

Women's Center Celebrates Pat Zachman!

The Women's Center is hiring a full time Bilingual Bicultural Family Counselor

Artists sought to help raise awareness

Nonprofit workshop focuses on self-confidence, media

Town sets sexual harassment, bullying seminar for Feb. 16

Lollipops and quizzes at WCSU help raise awareness about dating violence

Ms President US Learns About Media and Self-Image Thanks to the Women's Center

Peggy Gisonny of New Fairfield Honored for Service Above Self at 10th Annual Hearts of Hope Breakfast

Direct Service Volunteers Needed at The Women's Center

Cultural Alliance of Western CT Call for Collaborative Programs: "ENDWORKS" to Give Voice to the Vision of the Women's Center

January 2018

The Women’s Center now accepting applications for dual Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Certification program

The Women's Center to Hold 10th Annual Hearts of Hope Breakfast on February 7

John Royce, Hillel Goldman and Paul Steinmetz: Men take a stand

December 2017

Hawley Third Grade Kindness Spreads

Women's Center offers child trafficking prevention education program

The Women's Center is Seeking Candidates for Manager of Residential Services

Women's Center to Honor Ingersoll Auto at 2018 Gala

Yoga Dimensions Postpones Half Of Holiday Yogathon

Yogathon Scheduled At Yoga Dimensions To Benefit Women’s Center of Greater Danbury

November 2017

Fans of GKR: A Force For Good is Spearheaded by Lynn Cohen

Women's Center Awarded Grant to Build Residential Facility for Women and Children

Danbury gets $1.3 million state grant to clean factory site for women’s shelter

Yoga Dimensions Holiday Yogathon To Benefit Women's Center Of Greater Danbury

Bank workers walk for Women’s Center

Two Planks fundraiser supports women’s organizations

FREE Healing Yoga Begins Tonight at The Women's Center

October 2017

Well Deserved Kudos to the President & CEO of the Women's Center of Danbury

Jacqueline Smith: Talking about sexual harassment, and stopping it

Community Partners Join SPHERE for Halloween Fun!

Fairfield County Bank employees walk for the Women’s Center

Zachman named Heart of Women Award winner

Women's Centers mark Domestic Violence Awareness month

Safety First! (A Safe Sex Talk)

Women's Center honors locals who have lost their lives to domestic violence with Candlelight Vigil of Remembrance on Oct. 19

Women’s Center Leader to Receive Women’s Award

In honor of Domestic Awareness Month, The Women's Center Announces Poster Contest for Kids

Ridgefielder is top SafeWalk fundraiser for three consecutive years!

Letter: Thank you, Village Tavern

September 2017

SafeWalk: Women’s Center to receive steps of support Sunday

Ross Bread to bring sweet birthday joy to Women's Center residents

The Women's Center is Seeking Candidates for Residential Counselor

Women's Center Fall Support Group Schedule

Women's Center to hold 11th Annual Safe Walk on October 1

Village Tavern to host fundraiser for Women’s Center Sept. 18

Women’s Center ‘Safe Walk’ set for Oct. 1 at Danbury Mall

Brookfield's Dancing Stars to benefit The Women's Center on September 15

August 2017

Danbury Women’s Center offering free support group for girls

Women's Center honors locals who have lost their lives to domestic violence with Candlelight Vigil of Remembrance on Oct. 19

Danbury’s Women’s Center seeking volunteers

Women's Center Holds Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Certification Program this Fall

Women's Center Safe Walk Planned for October 1

July 2017

Brookfield’s Dancing Stars Charity Gala Benefits The Women's Center

June 2017

Cultural Alliance of Western CT hosts Open Mic Night

Dine at Gallo this weekend & support The Women's Center

State Legislature passes bill to strengthen domestic violence laws

May 2017

Cultural Alliance of Western CT Pairs Writers with Art Exhibits @287 Gallery

Danbury women’s shelter plan advances

Cultural Alliance of Western CT Pairs Writers with Art Exhibits @287 Gallery

The Women's Center Hosts FREE Court Advocacy Workshop on Thursday

Danbury Women’s Center seeking applicants for its crisis intervention classes

Women's Center Hosts Free Divorce Support Workshop on Thursday

Women's Center Holds Campus Safety Lecture at the Bethel Public Library

Women's Center Spring Direct Service Volunteer Training Available

April 2017

Giving Thanks: Women’s Center thanks law enforcement — and others

Step Up Against Sexual Assault

Class warns teens about “red flags” on human trafficking

Generous Bidder Donates $800 to Danbury’s Women’s Center to Sit-In on ‘The Ethan and Lou Show’

The Women's Center Gala Raises More Than 200K & Honors Local Law Enforcement

Danbury Women’s Center to honor local law enforcement

I’m Going to Co-Host the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury’s Annual Gala to Help Fight Domestic Violence

March 2017

Clothesline Project: Bringing Awareness to Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

Letter: Community comes together to empower girls

Women’s Center Honors Law Enforcement at Gala

Trauma Conscious Yoga Class at Yoga Dimensions in Newtown Benefits The Women's Center

Newtown Co-Workers Make A Difference At Women's Center Of Danbury

Danbury factory site could be home to women’s housing

Women's Center Offers Divorce Support for Parents and Children

February 2017

Women's Center Offers FREE Healing Yoga Class on Thursdays

Women’s Center Honors Law Enforcement at Gala on April 7

The Women's Center Spotlights Education at 9th Annual Hearts of Hope Breakfast

January 2017

Women’s Center of Greater Danbury to host breakfast

Domestic violence reports increase in state in 2016

The Women’s Center receives donation from Ridgefield Chorale

Cultural Alliance of Western CT & The Women's Center Join Forces to Increase Awareness of Domestic Violence

Women's Center Hearts of Hope Breakfast Honors Barbara Cottingham & Lynne Phillips

Women’s Center of Greater Danbury to run domestic violence, sexual assault training sessions

Annual breakfast in February for Women’s Center

December 2016

Alcohol problems decline at WCSU; reporting on dating violence launched

Ridgefield Businesses Join Forces to Help Abused Women at Ladies Night Out

Women's Center Of Greater Danbury Welcomes Attorney To Board

November 2016

New Milford stylists receive domestic violence education

Experts Give Bethel Area Parents Advice On Sexting, Healthy Relationships

October 2016

Newtown hair studio raises money to support domestic violence victims

Healthy relationships: Talking to your kids

Students At Danbury's WestConn March On Campus To Stop Sexual Violence

WCSU students take pledge vs. sexual violence

Tuesday night candlelights in Danbury to stop domestic violence

Advocates decry probation in Bethel case

State battles child trafficking

Klickers Hair Studio to Host Annual Cut-a-Thon to Benefit Women's Center

New Milford football players participate in ‘Safe Walk’

Parenting forum about sexting coming to Ridgefield library

Parenting the #Selfie Generation Series talks Sexting & Hooking Up on November 1

Hundreds Participate in SafeWalk to Support The Women's Center

September 2016

Spread awareness about domestic and sexual violence

Western Connecticut State Football Organizes Food Drive

Danbury athletes join prevention effort

The Women's Center Offers Classes for Teens Beginning October 5

Rotary Club Of Ridgefield Gives Grant To Danbury Woman’s Center

Since 2000, 231 killed by intimate partners in Connecticut

Women's Center Gears Up for 10th Annual SafeWalk

Police: Rape cases down sharply in 2016

Fairfield County Bank Insurance Services Earns $1,750 for the Women's Center

August 2016

The Women's Center interactive workshop Act Out educates & informs SPHERE members

The Women's Center Particpates in Annual "Birdies for Charity" Program

The Women's Center is currently hiring part-time Residential Counselors

July 2016

Women's Center of Greater Danbury - Fall Direct Service Training

Women's Center Gears Up for 10th Annual SafeWalk

‘Anyone can be abused; everyone deserves support’

The Women's Center is Benefiting Charity of Brookfield's Dancing Stars Charity Gala

ASC Gives Back. Raises Money for The Women’s Center of Greater Danbury

June 2016

Toddlers, the elderly & everyone in between: The Women's Center can help

May 2016

Registration now open for Direct Service Volunteer Training at The Women's Center

April 2016

April 22-27, 2016: Spotlight and Singin’ In The Rain

On Stage in Ridgefield on Sunday: African-American Women Throughout History

Women's Center Honors Praxair at Tonight's 14th Annual Gala

March 2016

11 questions that can save a life

Loophole allows rapists to claim parental rights

Your Old Cell Phone Could Save a Woman’s Life

WCSU to Celebrate Women’s History Month with Full Day Program

Donate Your Old Cell Phone & Support The Women's Center

February 2016

The Women's Center Annual Gala Planned for Friday, April 8  

Praxair proudly supports the Women’s Center

We’re here to talk about it, sexting that is

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis shares hope, courage & love during fundraising breakfast for the Women's Center

January 2016

Women's Center Hearts of Hope Breakfast Planned for February 3

October 2015

Nearly 1,000 walk to end domestic violence

Tremendous Turnout & Support for Safe Walk Benefiting the Women's Center

Moms, Tigers reprise roll in Safewalk

Walk to End Domestic Violence tomorrow at the Danbury Fair Mall

September 2015

Walk to End Domestic Violence on October 4 at the Danbury Fair Mall

Get a New Look for a Good Cause at the Cut-A-Thon fundraiser for the Women's Center

August 2015

Walk to End Domestic Violence on October 4 at the Danbury Fair Mall

Women’s Center awarded $20,000 from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

July 2015

Women’s Center of Greater Danbury gets $10K grant

Women's Center Receives 8K Grant from Petit Family Foundation

Appreciates Sen. Boucher’s support of restraining order bill

June 2015

Police: Half Of Local Domestic Abuse Responses Involve ‘High Danger’ Threat

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Learn about how you can be part of the 2015 SafeWalk benefiting The Women's Center

April 2015

Doggie Fun Zone Benefitting Women's Center of Greater Danbury

The Women's Center Celebrates 40 Years of Service with Grand Gala

The Mary Kay Foundation: Shelter Grant Applications Open!

February 2015

Don't Miss "She's Beautiful When She's Angry" on Feb. 25

Kathy Graham honored by Women’s Center

AIM dance performance to aid women's center

'She's Beautiful When She's Angry': Film charts women's lib movement

Spring Volunteer Training Session at the Women's Center

Hopeful Hearts & Changed Lives: The Women's Center Celebrates 40 Years & Honors Kathy Graham

The Palace Danbury & The Women's Center unite during Women's History Month

January 2015

Yoga Dimensions To Support Women's Center

Yoga at Yoga Dimensions in Newtown benefits The Women's Center

"I Am OKAY" group open to seniors

Be part of the soolution & help the Women's Center stop the violence in 2015

I Am OK! Reclaiming Your Self-esteem Support Group

December 2014

Photos: Healthy Relationships

November 2014

Anxiety Support Group Meets in New Milford Next Month

October 2014

Sunrise Rotary helps center, pantry

Drop in crime welcome, but some areas still need work

Avon donates $20,000 to local women's center

Rotary Sunrise in "SafeWalk"

Ridgefield football team to join Sunday's domestic violence awareness walk

Ridgefield High football team joining Women's Center of Greater Danbury Safe Walk

The Women's Center Plans Events for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

September 2014

State hot line helps Spanish-speaking abuse victims find help

Murph's Turf: Football players, moms to walk in right direction

Salsa day in Danbury to benefit Women's Center

Women's Center receives $20K for domestic violence program

Dance a day away for the Women's Center of Greater Danbury

Fall Volunteer Training Session at the Women's Center

Salsa day (and night) in Danbury

Salsa for the Women's Center

Danbury Women's Center Will Present to Ridgefield Sunrise Rotary on Sept. 2

August 2014

The Women's Center presents Fall "Project Be" Program Girls Groups

Local Photographer Donates Proceeds of Photo Shoots to Women's Center

The Women's Center Offers Fall Support Groups

July 2014

Did you know? The Women's Center Educates

Women's Center "SafeWalk" Kick Off Meeting Planned

Want to be part of the Women's Center "Community Education" Team?

HamletHub Happy Hour Supports The Women's Center

June 2014

The Women's Center is Having a FUNdraiser at Gallo Ristorante on June 19

April 2014

Shelter services need bolstering

March 2014

Danbury-area residents played key roles in quest for equal rights for women

The Women's Center plans "Carnival" themed Gale for April 4

Western talks about sexual assault

No room at the shelter

Virginia Young to be Honored by Women's Center of Greater Danbury at 12th Annual Gala

Local women influential in quests for equality

Press Releases


State Bonding Awarded to Women’s Center


Women's Center Announces Guest Speaker for 2018 Annual Dinner


Women's Center Marks President & CEO's 25th Anniversary this April


Spring 2018 Direct Service Volunteer Training Session


Women’s Center Announces Save-the-Date and Honoree Ingersoll Auto of Danbury for Spring 2018 annual fundraising dinner, An Evening Together, slated for Friday, April 6, at The Amber Room Colonnade


NOT A #NUMBER Prevention Program at the Women’s Center


Fall "Project Be" Girls Groups at the Women's Center


Fall Direct Service Volunteer Training


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Spring Direct Service Volunteer Training Session


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Women’s Center Honors Law Enforcement Partners at Gala


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Women’s Center Honors Law Enforcement at Gala


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Ridgefield Chorale Raises $3,500 for Women's Center


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Cultural Alliance of Western Ct's call to artists in support of Women's Center's efforts to increase awareness of domestic violence


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Winter Volunteer Training Session at the Women’s Center


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Women’s Center Educates Community During Domestic Violence Awareness Month


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Everyone Deserves a SAFEWALK!


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Women's Center Offers Spring Support Groups


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Women’s Center Joins NO MORE Challenge on Crowdrise


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“Projecto Tu” for Hispanic Girls at the Women’s Center


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“Project Be” Girls Groups at the Women’s Center


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Divorce Support Group for Children & their Parents


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“The Hunting Ground” Screening at WCSU


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Everyone Deserves a SAFEWALK!


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Women's Center Offers Fall Support Groups


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Women’s Center awarded $20,000 from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation


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Petit Family Foundation Awards Grant to Women's Center


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The Women’s Center Celebrates 40 Years of Service at Annual Gala


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“Project Be” Girls Groups at the Women’s Center


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Spring Volunteer Training Session at the Women's Center


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Women's Center Offers Winter Anxiety Workshop in New Milford


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Everyone Deserves a SAFEWALK!


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Fall Volunteer Training Session at the Women's Center


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Women's Center Offers Fall Support Groups


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"Project Be" Girls Groups at the Women's Center


Danbury, Connecticut

$16,500 grant sustains local women's empowerment series


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Women's Center Offers Spring Support Groups


Danbury, Connecticut

Virginia Young to be Honored by Women's Center at 12th Annual Gala


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Women's Center Offering Spring "Project Be" Groups


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"Open House" st the Women's Center


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Women's Center Schedules Spring Volunteer Certification Class


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Women's Center Annual Breakfast February 5th


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Celebrate Women's History Month with the Women's Center

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pat_headshot2Patricia Zachman
President & CEO

Patricia A. Zachman has served as the President & CEO (formerly Executive Director) of the Women’s Center since 1993. She received her M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of New Hampshire in 1980 and has over 35 years of management, counseling and program development experience. During her tenure, she has overseen the Center’s expansion of services provided to adults and children, established satellite service sites to better meet the needs of victims in the Center’s southern Litchfield and lower Fairfield County service towns, and formally partnered with Western Connecticut State University to provide domestic violence and sexual assault direct and educational services to the entire campus community.

In addition to her responsibilities with the Center, Pat has served as President and member of the Board of Directors of the statewide Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence; served on the Steering Committee of the Greater Danbury area Coalition Against Domestic Violence; was a founding member of the Executive Committee of the Executive Forum in partnership with Western Connecticut State University; served as a member of the Board of Commissioners for CityCenter Danbury; and participated in a variety of other community coalitions and collaborative efforts.

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Chief Operating Officer

Suzanne Adam joined the Women Center team in January 2016. Suzanne has 15 years of experience delivering and leading services for victims of domestic violence. She has extensive experience in strategic planning, fundraising, community mobilization, leadership, operations, and program development.

Prior to joining the Women's Center, she served as a Director of Domestic Abuse Services, had a thriving Play Therapy private practice and was an elementary school teacher. Suzanne holds a psychology degree from Sacred Heart University and is a Registered Play Therapist. Her awards include Senators Community Foundation Candy Necklace Award and Liberty Bell Award for her work in domestic violence.

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Director, Administration & Human Resources

Cheryl Kunst joined the Women’s Center as Office Manager in 2008. Today, she is the Director of Administration & Human Resources, working closely with the other management team members and administrative staff & volunteers. She also manages all of the Women's Center's social media and public relations. She holds a B.A. in English from San Diego State University.

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Director of Finance

William Montero joined the Women's Center in January 2017. As Director of Finance, he is responsible for all financial matters of the Organization. William comes to us with 25 years of financial experience, most recently as Chief Financial Officer of Dental Associates of CT. He brings a dynamic skill set which includes strategic planning, treasury management, financial reporting, analysis, and budgeting. He has the ability to work across all functional groups to solve operational and financial issues and facilitate balanced decisions. William holds a B.A. in Accounting from Western Connecticut State University.

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Development Director

Samantha Conetta Flynn joined the Women’s Center in August 2012. As Development Director she plans, coordinates and directs all development activities and major fundraising events, as well as assists with communications and outreach projects. She holds a B.A. from Western Connecticut State University, a certificate in Fundraising from New York University and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Public Administration through Marist College.

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Director of Education, Training & Outreach

Ann earned her Master's in Social Work from Hunter College with a concentration in community organization, planning and development. She is certified as a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Counselor, and has extensive knowledge of primary prevention programming. Previously, Ann was a Community Educator at the D.C. Rape Crisis Center where she conducted child sexual abuse prevention presentations in the community, reaching over 8,000 children per year. She also has experience facilitating sexual health workshops and trainings to develop political advocacy skills. Ann has been trained in many evidence-based programs, including Safe Dates and Shifting Boundaries. 

As the Director of Education, Training and Outreach, Ann manages scheduling of all programs in the community and provides strategic direction for the department. Ann also serves as the Center's Legislative Liaison and oversees the Center's advocacy efforts on state-level policy issues. 

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More than 23,000 adults and children benefit from the Women's Center education and training programs annually. Our programs are provided to a wide range of audiences, customized to suit the age group and special interests of the particular audience. And with the exception of a few corporate trainings, all programs are free!

  • Preschool to 1st Grade - puppetry, art, music, story-telling to teach children how to be safe
  • 2nd to 5th Grade - bullying, respect, boundaries, body safety and Internet safety
  • Middle & High School - empowerment, leadership, healthy relationships
  • College - campus safety, training for fraternity/sorority organizations, athletes, residential halls
  • Parent & Community Adults Programs - parental trainings, specialized sessions for seniors
  • Educators & Child Care Professionals - trauma and domestic violence sensitivity training
  • Corporate Programs - sexual harassment, domestic violence, and other programs
  • Healthcare Providers - response to domestic violence & sexual assault cases

Please click the image to the right for a listing of all of our programs!

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Membership benefits include invitation to special events, updates on your donations at work, and the pride of being affiliated with an organization that provides essential services to individuals and families in crisis or transition.

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Location & Contact

Women's Center of Greater Danbury 
2 West Street
Danbury, Connecticut 06810

Counseling/Administrative Headquarters:
Ph: (203) 731-5200
Fax: (203) 731-5207

Local Hotlines:
Domestic Violence Hotline: (203) 731-5206
Sexual Assault Hotline: (203) 731-5204

National Domestic Violence Hotline:
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
1-800-787-3224 (TTY)


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