• 24 HOUR HOTLINE
    888-774-2900

  • 3,341
    People from Stamford, Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, Darien, Wilton and Weston benefited directly from DVCC services in 2012-2013

  • 21,000
    Students received PeaceWorks preventive education in 2012-2013

  • 25,000
    People in Fairfield County were reached by our programs last year

  • 10%
    of residents in our seven communities are touched by DVCC programs each year

  • 437
    Individuals were sheltered in our SafeHouses in 2012-2013

  • 437
    reasons to keep the lights on

SafeHouses

The DVCC has two residences that provide temporary shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children. Our goals are, first, to ensure the safety of residents and, second, to help equip them for an independent and self-reliant existence after they leave the SafeHouse. Whether for a few days or a few weeks, DVCC residences offer a safe haven…

Read more

Counseling Services

DVCC’s professional staff of counselors provides crisis intervention, safety planning and individual and group counseling in both English and Spanish to anyone who may be experiencing domestic abuse. Our counselors are sensitive to the special needs of victims of intimate partner violence and offer flexible schedule times and a supportive environment to help them work through the issues associated with abuse ....

Read more

Children Services

Domestic violence affects each and every person living in an abusive home, and is especially detrimental to children. While children may not be the target of violence, living in an abusive household affects them deeply. We assist children in our programs through counseling, a nurturing environment and age-appropriate education about domestic violence ....

Read more

EsperanzaCT

EsperanzaCT allows DVCC to provide comprehensive services to Spanish-speaking victims through a Spanish language service line available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and via a web-based services center that is culturally and linguistically appropriate to the Spanish-speaking community. Trained Spanish-speaking counselor/advocates are available 24/7 on the Service Line to answer questions…

Read more

Legal Advocacy

Combining advocacy, assistance, counseling and home visits, our legal services provide victims of domestic violence with information, support and an understanding of their legal rights. DVCC Domestic Violence Victim Advocates in the Stamford and Norwalk criminal courts help individuals navigate the criminal justice ....

Read more

Medical Advocacy

The Medical Advocacy Project promotes earlier identification of victims through the use of universal screening at point of entry to the health care system; provides on-site advocacy services to domestic violence victims in hospitals, clinics and medical offices; and implements a comprehensive educational training ....

Read more

Housing Advocacy

DVCC's Housing Advocacy Project provides supportive services to victims of domestic violence in finding and retaining affordable housing. The housing advocate works with private landlords, local and state government housing groups and community allies in an effort to create and sustain housing options for victims ....

Read more

Financial Advocacy

Next to dealing with the toll domestic violence takes on one’s physical, mental and emotional health, one of the biggest challenges faced by victims leaving a relationship is money. DVCC helps clients meet these challenges by offering training and information on financial management. Counselors give finance workshops for clients ....

Read more

Education Advocacy

The DVCC looks for every opportunity to provide victims of domestic violence with the tools needed to move forward. One of our goals is to help them obtain the knowledge and skills needed for employment and self-sufficiency. Through offering our own classes and workshops and partnering with community agencies, we continually find ways to educate and empower our clients ....

Read more

About PeaceWorks

PeaceWorks, a prevention education project of the DVCC, believes the prevention of violence in our society begins with the education of children. PeaceWorks provides tools for our pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade youth to help them learn how to solve conflicts peacefully and maintain healthy interpersonal relationships. PeaceWorks also teaches empathy, tolerance, self-awareness and respect towards all. Our professional staff provides…

Read more

Teen PeaceWorks

Teen PeaceWorks recognizes the importance of teen leadership and advocacy.
It gives teens in area high schools the opportunity to stand up against teen dating violence, an issue that affects so many teens in our communities. The student-led groups raise awareness about the issue of intimate partner violence and the importance of maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships. Teen PeaceWorks activities…

Read more

Peace WORKShops

PeaceWorkSHOPS are conducted onsite at afterschool programs, faith communities, youth organizations and social service agencies for students in pre-K to twelfth grade.

PeaceWorkSHOPS curriculum is interactive and age-appropriate and is an extension of PeaceWorks School Based Programs. Because PeaceWorkSHOPS programs are conducted over a period of weeks…

Read more

CCR to Teen DV

The goal of the DVCC Coordinated Community Response to Teen Dating Violence is to increase access to services and ultimately reduce the recurrence of teen dating violence in the Stamford community. To achieve this goal, the CCR has begun to strengthen existing programs and communication among community systems in order to link services and provide teens with quality youth-focused resources…

Read more

Training

The DVCC continually seeks ways to partner with members of the community in the effort to end domestic violence. Community-based initiatives provide awareness and prevention education through programs offered to a wide variety of audiences, including civic, government and social service organizations, businesses, PTO’s, faith communities and professionals in the law enforcement, medical and educational fields ....

Read more

Volunteers

Volunteers are an integral part of the DVCC’s effort to serve victims of domestic violence. While volunteer projects and departmental needs are always evolving, the role that volunteers play in our agency is an ongoing and essential one.
All prospective volunteers attend a 30-hour Educational Seminar, which provides information about the dynamics of intimate partner violence and ....

Read more

Task Forces

Domestic Violence Task Forces in Darien, New Canaan, Weston, Westport and Wilton actively promote awareness about intimate partner violence within their communities. While many of their activities focus on October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, they meet throughout the year, offering a variety of presentations and forums on issues surrounding domestic violence and teen dating violence ....

Read more

Board of Directors

DVCC is led by a volunteer board of directors drawn from the community we serve, with a broad range of corporate, legal, educational, financial, media, human resources and other professional backgrounds.

Read more

Research

DVCC is committed to keeping current with best practices and the most up-to-date research in all areas that affect victims of intimate partner violence.
From attending medical conferences on IPV to researching legal policies to incorporating educational best practices in our PeaceWorks programming, we are working to provide information that will best serve our clients, our partners and the communities we serve…

Read more

Advocacy

DVCC advocates for victims of domestic violence in many ways, from providing direct support for individuals to promoting systemic changes in the way our courts and medical communities respond to victims to partnering with other entities to provide a better and more informed response to victims.

Read more

Policy

Changes in policy result from research and advocacy. DVCC works to influence policy through advocating for laws that will benefit victims of domestic violence.
We research best practices, write position papers, meet with law makers and provide testimony. Recent changes in state laws benefit victims of IPV, but we have a long way to go. Here we document policy updates….

Read more

Partnerships

DVCC is privileged to have close relationships with government, social service and private organizations that enable us to reach out to victims of IPV where they are most likely to be and to offer them a full range of services. Our partnerships are both the result of advocacy and a vehicle for greater advocacy to further the rights of victims…

Read more

DVCC Updates

Spring Luncheon 2014, May 1

Keynote Speaker: Tamron Hall, NBC Anchor DVCC Spring Luncheon 2014 Stamford Marriott May 1, 2014, 11 am - 2 pm For tickets, click here ... Read more

Client Voices

Expect the Unexpected

As crisis workers, DVCC staff members are used to handling all kinds of unusual circumstances and overwhelming problems faced by our clients. By definition, intimate ... Read more

Counseling News

Doctor of Psychology, Attorneys Enhance Scope of Services for DVCC Clients

In keeping with the Domestic Violence Crisis Center's commitment to provide quality and professional services to victims of intimate partner violence, the agency is pleased ... Read more

EsperanzaCT News

DVCC Advocate Named as Co-chair of Hispanic Advisory Council

Doris Urteaga, Coordinator of Spanish Language Services and EsperanzaCT for the DVCC, was recently elected Co-Chair of the Hispanic Advisory Council of Greater Stamford. A ... Read more

Children Services News

PeaceWorks Programs for Pre-K through 12th Grade

PeaceWorks believes the prevention of violence in our society begins with the education of children and, as such, provides tools for our pre-kindergarten to twelfth ... Read more

    SafeHouse News

    Thank You

    A special thank you from the DVCC to all who so generously have supported us and those we serve throughout the year. We truly appreciate ... Read more

    Safety Planning

    Stalking and Technology

    More and more attention is being paid to the dangers of cyber stalking and the use of technology to monitor and control victims of domestic ... Read more

      Partnership News

      Pet Shelter for DV Victims

      There are many reasons a victim of domestic violence may opt not to go to a shelter or safe house, but now the fear of ... Read more

      Educational Advocacy News

      DVCC Educational Seminar Begins in September

      DVCC will offer its next Educational Seminar for prospective volunteers and other interested parties starting September15. The 30-hour course provides an opportunity to learn about ... Read more

      Financial Advocacy News

      Financial Workshop: Your Slice of the Pie

      "Maria" is a fictitious victim of domestic abuse created by DVCC Housing and Financial Advocate Katie Evans. Maria's photograph accompanies Evans to the DVCC SafeHouses, ... Read more

      Poll: Website

      Rate our new web design