March 18, 2020
DVCC is committed to providing essential, life-saving services to the most vulnerable in our community. At the same time, we must also take steps to protect the well-being of our dedicated staff, volunteers and the communities we serve.
The following are in effect until further notice:
- Our crisis hotline, 888-774-2900, is open 24/7.
- Our two safe houses are open 24/7.
- Counseling and advocacy are being provided via phone or email. Walk-in services are temporarily suspended.
- Court services remain in place, both Norwalk and Stamford cases will be processed through Stamford Superior Courts within parameters established by the state related to criminal and civil court operations. Meetings with clients are being conducted by telephone.
- We are temporarily suspending our community donation program and are not accepting in-person drop-offs of any physical items.
- Weekly support groups are on hiatus.
- Staff have been instructed to cancel any in-person meetings, trainings or participation in off-site events.
- Volunteer certification scheduled in March has been canceled.
As the situation relating to COVID-19 continues to evolve, we will continue to provide updates as they become available. Be safe and be well.
With my best wishes for your continued health and well-being,
A message from legal advocacy,
Our legal advocacy team continues to support our clients and community during this crisis:
- Advocate and provide information for victims of pending criminal cases
- Assistance with filing temporary restraining orders
- Filing reports with local law enforcement
- Compensation applications
- Navigating criminal judicial process
If you need information regarding restraining orders or are a victim in a pending criminal case, our Legal Advocates are here to help. You can reach our Legal Department by phone at 203-517-7873 for immediate assistance by email contact: LMoreno@dvccct.org.
Being confined to your home during COVID-19 can be extremely challenging for victims who live with their abuser. We have created this document to help victims with their safety planning. It lists ways victims can stay safe, both physically and emotionally, while in their home.
To download this document, click here.