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Fairfield County Commmunity Foundation Grant to Aid Victims of Domestic Violence

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The Fairfield County Community Foundation has awarded a $25,000 competitive grant to the Domestic Violence Crisis Center that will be used to support services the agency gives to victims of intimate partner violence.

Since 1980, the DVCC has provided crisis services to abused women and their children and safeguarded their rights through housing, legal, medical, counseling, economic and legislative initiatives. Services are delivered free of charge at six sites, including safehouses, courts and offices, to victims throughout Stamford, Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, Darien, Wilton and Weston. Additionally, DVCC staff responds to police stations, hospitals, other medical settings and other areas of outreach where a victim of intimate partner violence is in need of help

Over the last several years, the agency has increased its staff, improved the level and diversity of its services and committed to advocating for systems change throughout the state in order to improve overall response to victims. Recent DVCC initiatives to help victims move forward in their lives include computer and ESL classes, financial planning instruction and a monthly civil legal clinic, where volunteer attorneys offer advice and information on custody, divorce, child support, housing and immigration.

“The DVCC has worked hard to reach more victims and to bring about positive changes in the way we deliver services for victims of domestic violence, both at an individual level and a systems level,” said DVCC Executive Director Rachelle Kucera Mehra. “We thank the Fairfield County Community Foundation for supporting our programs and investing in the safety and the future of the people we serve.”

In the last fiscal year, the agency provided crisis and supportive services to more than 3,600 victims, and PeaceWorks, DVCC’s prevention education platform, delivered programs promoting healthy relationships and peaceful conflict solving skills to over 25,000 students. 

The Fairfield County Community Foundation promotes the growth of community and regional philanthropy to improve the quality of life throughout Fairfield County. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds and contribute to existing funds. The Foundation also provides philanthropic advisory services and develops and leads initiatives to tackle critical community issues. It is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards for community foundations. The Foundation has awarded over $110 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. For more information, visit www.fccfoundation.org.