Westport domestic violence center gets grant
Updated 3:48 pm, Thursday, July 21, 2011
The organization that provides crisis services to abused women and their children in Westport, Weston and five other communities has gotten a $25,000 competitive grant by the Fairfield County Community Foundation.
The grant to the Domestic Violence Crisis Center will be used to support services the agency gives to victims of partner violence, the foundation said in a news release.
Since 1980, the crisis center has provided housing, legal and medical services, counseling and economic support.
Services are free, including safe houses, courts and offices.
The center's staff also responds to police stations, hospitals, other medical settings and other areas of outreach where a victim needs help, the foundation said.
In the last fiscal year, the agency reported it provided crisis and supportive services to more than 3,600 people, and its PeaceWorks education platform delivered programs promoting relationships and conflict-solving skills to more than 25,000 students.
Over the last several years, the agency has increased its staff, as well as the level and diversity of its services.
Recent crisis center initiatives include computer and English as a second language classes, financial planning instruction and a monthly civil legal clinic where volunteer lawyers offer advice and information on custody, divorce, child support, housing and immigration.