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Reporters can play a vital role in shining a light on domestic violence, helping to raise public awareness and ultimately saving lives.  DVCC is committed to providing timely, accurate information about domestic violence and the issues surrounding it in our local community and beyond.  Below are recent press releases.  For media inquiries or interviews, contact Tamara Pardo, Communications Manager,  tpardo@dvccct.org or call 203.273.4508.

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DVCC RECOGNIZES FEBRUARY AS TEEN DATING VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH 

February 1, 2022, STAMFORD, CT – The Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC) joins organizations nationwide to recognize February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM).  DVCC is the only state-certified domestic violence agency providing free direct services and preventive education to Stamford, Norwalk, New Canaan, Darien, Westport, Wilton, and Westport. Throughout February, DVCC offers free TDVAM activities and resources for teens and the adults who support them.  Click here for a complete list of programs. 

The theme for TDVAM 2022 is “Talk About It,” a call to action to encourage meaningful conversations about healthy relationships and navigate what may be unhealthy or even abusive. One in three teens in the US will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults. In addition, nearly half of college women report experiencing violent or abusive dating behaviors. 

“Community education plays a critical role in addressing and preventing teen dating abuse. Unfortunately, young people may not grow up in a home with adults who model healthy relationship behaviors in their own lives. Still, those skills can be learned through preventive education.” said Ann Rodwell Lawton, DVCC’s Associate Director. “Studies show that a young person’s first relationship experience sets the tone for their future relationships. Learning to recognize healthy relationship signs and knowing how to access resources for help, better equips teens in building healthy relationships now and for their futures.” 

Local TDVAM programs kicked off with an online press conference on January 28, hosted by the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council (MYLC), the Stamford-based youth activism group. The group advocated for increased state funding for services and public education around teen dating violence. A proclamation was read by the Mayor’s Office in recognition of February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month in Stamford. DVCC’s Executive Director, Suzanne Adam, spoke at the press conference, echoing the importance of teen-specific direct services and preventive education, noting that DVCC offers these services but could do more with additional funding.  

“Many people know that we are a resource for adults and their children experiencing domestic violence, but DVCC also provides free trauma-informed counseling, services, and preventive education for teens,” Adam said. “If you are a teen experiencing relationship abuse or family violence, DVCC is here to help.” 

“We rely on private funding for these programs. Additional state funding would allow us to better serve teens facing these issues,” Adam said. 

DVCC’s February programs include parent workshops and teen programs.  

Parent Workshops 

February 2, DVCC will partner with New Canaan CARES to offer a workshop on the role of the media in romanticizing and normalizing unhealthy, toxic relationship behaviors. In this workshop, parents will learn how to recognize these behaviors and learn tips for starting the conversation with their children.  

February 17, DVCC will join the Wilton Domestic Violence Task Force, Wilton Youth Council, Trackside Teen Center, and Wilton Youth Services for a virtual workshop for parents, “Healthy Relationships Are Learned.”  

DVCC also offers a free Parent Resource Guide; click here to download the guide. 

Teen Programs 

Teen programs include a free screening of the film “Sierra Burgess is a Loser” on February 11, 6:30 pm at Trackside Teen Center in Wilton. After the movie, DVCC’s Prevention Educator will facilitate a short discussion about the relationships and messages in the film. In addition, local libraries in Wilton, Weston, Darien, Norwalk, Stamford, and New Canaan will feature book displays with novels with teen dating issues as part of the plot.  

February 8 – Wear Orange Day 

February 8 is Wear Orange Day. DVCC is asking the community to recognize this national day to raise awareness of teen dating abuse and send the message that abuse will not be tolerated by wearing orange. Participants are asked to take a picture wearing orange and post it on social media with the hashtags #TDVAM2022 #Orange4Love #WearOrangeDay and tag @DVCCCT. For more information about the Domestic Violence Crisis Center’s TDVAM programs and registering for a workshop, visit https://www.dvccct.org/teen-dating-violence-awareness-month/. 

DVCC is here to support individuals on their journey to safety.  DVCC advocates for individuals who are experiencing abuse in personal relationships.  Our multiple services and professional staff help those experiencing any level of domestic violence and assist them in building a safer environment for the well-being of themselves and their families.  All victim services are free and confidential, and all services offered are multicultural/multilingual. In FY 2021, DVCC provided direct services to 3,481 individuals and preventive education programs to 5,650 youth in our community. DVCC’s mission is to provide effective services, support, and education for the prevention and elimination of domestic violence across the Connecticut communities of Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, New Canaan, Weston, Westport, Wilton, and beyond. 

If you or someone you know needs help, call or text the 24-hotline at 888-774-2900; for more information about DVCC, visit dvccct.org. 

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June 12, 2020

Statement on Racism and Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Crisis Center stands with the Black community. We mourn the loss of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and all those who have lost their lives to racial violence. We are committed to breaking generational cycles of abuse among families and within society as we work toward ending discrimination, structural racism, and oppression in our community and beyond.

All forms of violence and oppression are connected.  In serving victims of domestic violence, we have seen the impact of racial injustice. This includes the disproportionate rates of domestic violence for people of color. African-American females experience intimate partner violence at a rate 35% higher than that of white females, and about 2.5 times the rate of women of other races. Black victims face barriers to seeking services and safety due to racism and racial inequities. They often have to determine which resources and systems are safe for them to access.

As a trauma-informed organization, we acknowledge the trauma inflicted by racism, both individual and systemic, on domestic violence victims and communities. This is often compounded with the trauma from experiencing domestic violence.

DVCC is committed to stopping inequitable practices rooted in historical injustices and discrimination; eliminating biases and structural barriers to access, opportunities and safety for victims of domestic violence; and to building a community where all people can find safety and well-being.

Our work to end racism involves much more than this statement. We are committed to listening and learning with a growth mindset. We are committed to taking steps to advance and embed racial equity and inclusion within our organization and adopt these as shared values.

 

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