Who We Are
Our roots in the greater Bridgeport community are deep, dating to 1895, first as a YWCA and then as The Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County. On January 21, 2014, we officially changed our name to The Center for Family Justice, Inc., beginning an 18-month transformation into Connecticut’s first Family Justice Center and the 95th in the world.
We serve six Fairfield County towns: Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull.
What is a Family Justice Center?
Family Justice Centers (FJC) use a coordinated approach to offer services designed to break the cycle of violence, in a safe place, under one roof. Police, prosecutors, civil/legal providers, counselors, client advocates and community non-profit partners work together to streamline trauma-informed services to survivors.
The Center for Family Justice
Although our name changed, we continue with the work we have provided for 12 decades: providing free, confidential, bilingual crisis services that help all people impacted by domestic violence, sexual violence and child abuse restore their lives, and educating our communities to prevent future abuse and violence. It is the comprehensive services our partners are providing that are streamlining the road to healing, hope and self-sufficiency.
Why the change?
We know the FJC model works, based on documented outcomes since the first FJC opened in San Diego, CA, in 2002 that include:
- Reduced homicides;
- Increased community support services;
- Increased safety and autonomy, which is empowering for clients;
- Reduced fear and anxiety, recantation and minimization for those suffering from domestic and sexual violence;
- Increased prosecution of offenders;
- Reduced costs because all services are in one place;
- Streamlined processes.
The Center is a proud member of a number of coalitions to provide service integration, linkages, collective advocacy and awareness. Memberships include:
- Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition
- Connecticut Association of Non-Profits
- Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- Connecticut Food Bank
- Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Centers, Inc.
- National Children’s Alliance
The Center is supported by many different funding streams. For information on how you can help us end domestic and sexual violence, please visit Donate Now.
Our funding sources include:
- Individual donations
- Corporate donations and sponsorships
- City of Bridgeport
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families
- State of Connecticut, Department of Social Services
- State of Connecticut, Judicial Branch Office of Victim Services, Superior Court Operations Division, Victims of Crime Act Victim Assistance Act
- United Way of Eastern Fairfield County
Hope Starts Here!
Let The Center for Family Justice become your lifeline.
Please call us today at 203-334-6154
Or 24/7 on a hotline:
Domestic violence: 203-384-9559
Sexual assault: 203-333-2233
Vedas (Spanish): 888-568-8332
Serving victims and raising awareness about domestic and sexual violence in Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull in Fairfield County