The Women’s Center has grown into a multi-faceted social service organization that serves the community’s most vulnerable men and women, children and families, while guiding and educating the community-at-large to create systemic change and reform. To be most effective, we must position ourselves to anticipate, as well as satisfy, the needs and requirements of our community.
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Over the past few years, our Educational Outreach programs have seen a diversification in audience makeup, increases in participants and increases in requests from a wider range of institutions.
Effective October 1, 2016, all local and regional school districts in Connecticut are required to provide sexual assault awareness and prevention programs in grades K-12, per Section 17a-101q of the Connecticut General Statutes. Our educational programs meet all the standards and core performance indicators. Schools are using our programs to fulfill this mandate. As a result, our programming in schools has expanded, new partnerships have formed, and demand has increased.
In our last fiscal year ending June 2017, our Community Education team of 5 prevention educators served nearly 30,000 participants.
We are in greater need of more educators now more than ever before.
Counseling & Advocacy
Hiring additional staff will address the demand for services by a growing population, including Spanish-speaking women, children, teens and preteens. We can expand on-site counseling and advocacy for children residing at the residential facility, at hospitals, police departments, satellite locations and court.
Current statistics indicate nearly 25% of women served by the state’s domestic violence agencies were Hispanic/Latina – the second largest ethnic group served, after Caucasian women. Often victims in these populations are caught between the need to seek help and the inability to tell their story to an English speaking counselor, In fact, the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence – of which the Women’s Center is a member – made it a priority to ensure accessibility to culturally-specific information by bilingual, certified domestic violence counselors in Spanish-speaking communities and for those with limited English proficiency. We strive to have the same priority.