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DVCC Receives $25,000 Grant From The Community Fund Of Darien

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A recent $25,000 grant from the Community Fund of Darien will help the Domestic Violence Crisis Center continue its PeaceWorks education programs in local schools as well as support DVCC court and legal services in the Stamford and Norwalk courts.

PeaceWorks, the prevention and community education arm of the DVCC, has been providing educational programs for over 30 years to advance the principles of peace, tolerance, empathy, respect and healthy relationships. Last year PeaceWorks reached nearly 20,000 students in grades K – 12, including 1,744 students in Darien. As well, Teen PeaceWorks, an afterschool program focused on youth advocacy, promoting healthy relationships and raising awareness about teen dating violence and bullying, continues to be a vital program at Darien and other area high schools.

DVCC’s Court and Legal Project assists those seeking civil and criminal protection from domestic violence, including help with obtaining restraining orders, navigating the court system, referral to other DVCC and community support services, and guidance with respect to related civil legal issues such as divorce, custody, child support and housing. DVCC also works closely with local police departments, including the Darien Police Department and its domestic violence liaison officers.

“The Community Fund of Darien has long demonstrated a clear understanding of how vital both direct domestic violence services and violence-prevention education are to our communities, and we are grateful for its continued support,” said Rachelle Kucera Mehra, DVCC’s Executive Director. “Our court services were critical for the more than 1,500 people, including 86 Darien residents, who sought legal assistance and information last year. And providing our young people with the skills and knowledge to recognize and form healthy relationships is of the utmost importance, not only for their future well-being, but also for the world they will inhabit.”

The Domestic Violence Crisis Center is committed to promoting the fundamental right of all individuals to be safe in their personal relationships. With a professional staff of 45 people who have years of experience and advocacy in the field of domestic violence, dating violence and stalking, the agency offers confidential services at no charge, including court and legal services; group and individual counseling; SafeHouses and housing services; children’s services; medical advocacy; professional adult trainings; multilingual services; PeaceWorks prevention education; a 24-hour hotline (1-888-774-2900); SustainAbilityCT, a financial education and housing advocacy program; and EsperanzaCT, a Spanish language website and 24-hour phone service line. DVCC is the only domestic violence agency serving the communities of Stamford, Norwalk, Westport, Darien, New Canaan, Wilton and Weston. For more information please call 203-588-9100 or visit www.dvccct.org.

The Community Fund of Darien is an independent, local, volunteer-driven non-profit organization that addresses health and human service needs. The Community Fund is dedicated to building healthy communities in Darien, Norwalk and Stamford. For more information, visit www.communityfunddarien.org.

 

Domestic Violence Crisis Center                                                     Contact:   Kathy Lake

777 Summer Street                                                                      Media Relations Advocate

Stamford, CT 06901                                                                     Phone: (203) 588-9100

(203) 588-9100                                                                            Email: klake@dvccct.org

www.dvccct.org, www.esperanzact.org