Family Justice center plans ‘safe house’ for domestic violence victims

BRIDGEPORT — For those people suffering from domestic abuse, a home can be like an inescapable prison.

The Centre for Loved ones Justice will before long break ground on a new “safe house” for its consumers in which, as described by the non-profit’s president, Debra Greenwood, “victims … will turn into survivors even though residing with us.”

The centre on Wednesday hosted a ceremony to announce a $50,000 contribution from United Illuminating towards the project’s $3.5 million price.

“We are so above-the-moon enthusiastic,” Greenwood instructed the collecting of centre personnel, UI executives and municipal officers.

According to heart details, all through the ongoing coronavirus pandemic the firm seasoned an about 25 per cent raise in domestic violence victims a 51 p.c spike in the have to have for crisis shelter mattress nights at its current harmless home and at motels and a 196 p.c improve in restraining get aid.

Greenwood reported the patterns for its new Bridgeport harmless residence — she are unable to reveal the property’s address for protection good reasons — have been inspired by suggestions from staff and consumers about the limits of its current shelter. The planned setting up is just about 10,000 square feet in measurement with eight bedrooms, “plentiful” loos, a fully-equipped kitchen, a library and computer home, a substantial spouse and children home, and indoor and outside play parts.

“We necessary greater bedrooms, much more counseling rooms (and) to offer a great deal additional actions for youngsters,” she mentioned.

Greenwood also emphasised the new risk-free residence will be pet-welcoming with a kennel. She famous it was significant to accommodate the need to have for those fleeing from an abusive residence to be ready to save their animals from that predicament as well.

Mayor Joe Ganim, Town Council President Aidee Nieves and Councilman Scott Burns had been also existing Wednesday.

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