Bridgeport, CT - Sen. Tony Hwang (R-28th District) today applauded the State Bond Commission’s approval of a $1.2 million grant-in-aid to make renovations and improvements to The Center for Family Justice (CFJ). CFJ strives to end domestic and sexual abuse and violence in our communities by empowering hope, restoring lives and driving social change through education and community collaboration.
“Wonderful and welcome news to support and empower those impacted by domestic violence and abuse,” said Sen. Hwang. “For the past 15 years, I have witnessed the positive impact that the Center makes on survivors and those who serve them. Unfortunately, we continue to see increased needs for domestic violence services and shelters in all communities. These funds will provide much-needed physical improvements that will enable CFJ to safely and securely continue to help individuals and families in crisis for many years to come, and I applaud the State Bond Commission for recognizing the value of this investment.”
“The Center for Family Justice is truly grateful and appreciative to Governor Lamont and the Bond Commission for approval of our expansion of renovations to our facility to enhance our services to assist individuals, youth and families being affected by domestic violence, sexual violence and child abuse,” said Debra Greenwood, CEO and President of The Center for Family Justice.
Here are some key statistics on Domestic and Sexual Violence and how to reach out for help:
- More than 43 million women and 38 million men have been the victim of psychological aggression by an intimate partner, the CDC says.
- In the 2021 fiscal year, Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence served 38,989 victims and received 41,654 calls for help.
- 2,950 domestic violence victims received housing support in Connecticut in 2021 through the CCADV.
- Domestic violence shelters operated at 156% capacity in 2021. The average amount of time that a victim remained in a shelter was 51.1 days. Of those who received housing support, 100% of victims reported that their children felt safer and 93% said they felt safer, according to the CCADV
- Help is available 24/7 via call, email, text or live chat through CT Safe Connect at CTSafeConnect.org or 888-774-2900. The National Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached at 800-799-SAFE.
Senator Tony Hwang is the Republican ranking leader on the Bonding Subcommittee and a member of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee in the Connecticut General Assembly. Hwang was honored to be in the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s inaugural First 100 Plus Men Honor Roll in 2012. Hwang is committed to the fight against domestic violence and continues to support CCADV’s important mission.