Why We Rise


We rise to draw attention to the one billion women and girls - in the seven communities we serve, across Connecticut and the United States, and throughout the world - who are beaten or sexually assaulted.

We rise because in 2012-2013 DVCC sheltered 437 individuals fleeing their abusers, women who came from 20 states, criss-crossing the country seeking safety.

We rise because victims of domestic violence deserve to remain in the family home free of fear and abuse.

We rise because of the calls we answer around the clock, 365 days a year from victims of domestic violence seeking help and advice.

We rise because women and children should not need to look over their shoulder in fear.

We rise because in 2012-2013 DVCC provided services for 3,431 individuals impacted by domestic violence.

We rise because every victim of intimate partner violence should have a safe place to tell their story and get support.

We rise because, over a seven day period, five women who were seriously injured by their intimate partners called from a hospital emergency room seeking the services of the DVCC medical advocate.

We rise because there were 1,200 domestic violence arrests made within the seven communities served by the DVCC in 2013.

We rise to advocate for stronger economic protections for battered women to enable them to build a life free of abuse.

We rise because batterer intervention programs are not a solution.

We rise because no immigrant who is a victim of domestic violence should be afraid to seek support and safety because they fear being deported.

We rise because a lack of English proficiency should never be a barrier to seeking safety.

We rise because, over just one 24-hour period in 2012, domestic violence agencies throughout Connecticut provided services for 919 victims.

We rise because, on that same day, those agencies were unable to meet 69 requests for services.

We rise because 87% of those requests were for housing.

We rise because, on that same day in 2012, domestic violence agencies across the United States served 64,324 victims and were unable to meet 10,471 requests for services, 65% of which were for housing.

We rise because 40% of homeless adults in Stamford said domestic violence had contributed to their homelessness.

We rise because one in four women in the U.S. will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.

We rise because one in four women in the U.S. will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.

We rise because, on average, more than three women a day are murdered by their husbands, ex-husbands or boyfriends in the U.S.

We rise because over a 60 day period, Norwalk police screened 16 women as being at high risk for being killed by their intimate partners.

We rise because domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44 in the U.S.; more than care accidents, muggings and rapes combined.

We rise because health-related costs of rape, physical assault, stalking and homicide committed by intimate partners exceed $8 billion each year.

We rise because one in five female high school students is physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner.

We rise because one in three adolescent girls in the U.S. is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner.

We rise because all youth should be taught the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships.

We rise because 15.5 million children in the U.S. live in families in which partner violence occurred at least once in the past year, and seven million children live in families in which severe partner violence occurred.

We rise because no child should grow up believing it is okay to be hurt by someone they love.

We rise because one in three women on the planet will be beaten or raped in her lifetime, which adds up to more than one billion women and girls.

We rise because one billion abused women is an atrocity.