Jessa Francis Joins Board of Directors at The Center for Family Justice



       Jessa Francis Joins Board of Directors of The Center for Family Justice

Redding resident Jessa. Francis, Financial Planning and Analysis Supervisor, at Stratford-based Sikorsky Aircraft Corp, has been elected to the board of directors of The Center for Family Justice. Francis joins the 22-member board of the Bridgeport-based nonprofit, which provides a myriad of crisis and support services to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in the communities of Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull.

“I am honored to be part of such a groundbreaking organization,” said Francis, who began her relationship with The Center as a volunteer. “Not only does The Center for Family Justice provide a vision for what the future of victim services looks like, it is also tirelessly trying to prevent abuse with community outreach, education and advocacy.”

“I am also excited to work with my fellow board members and staff and contribute in any way that I can,” said Francis.

Debra A. Greenwood, president/CEO of The Center, said she is pleased to add Francis’ talent and commitment to its volunteer board, which includes business and community leaders from each of the 6 communities it serves. “She brings youthful energy along with a strong corporate background and creative ideas for marketing to the table,” said Greenwood. “We’re delighted she’s agreed to make such a vital contribution as a board member.

Francis received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s in Business Administration from Sacred Heart University. She also serves as Sikorsky’s Women’s Forum Development Chair and a team lead for the Sikorsky Finance Community Service Team.



The Center for Family Justice Inc. (formerly The Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County Inc.), brings all domestic, sexual and child abuse services – crisis intervention, police, prosecutors, civil/legal providers, counseling – under one roof, in our headquarters in Bridgeport, CT. Together, we work to break the cycle of violence by helping those in crisis restore their lives. Although our name has changed, we continue with the work we have provided for 12 decades, providing free, confidential, bilingual crisis services in Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull. It is the comprehensive services our partners are providing that are streamlining the road to healing and self-sufficiency.


Within the past year, The Center answered more than 950 calls on a 24-hour crisis hotline; assisted with the civil and criminal court processes for more than 2,500 survivors of domestic violence; responded to more than 500 survivors of sexual assault and their families; provided a safe home for more than 100 women and children fleeing domestic abuse; coordinated the investigations of more than 170 cases of child sexual and severe physical abuse, developing service plans for the young survivors and their families; and provided psycho-educational support to more than 1,200 survivors of domestic violence, planning for their safety and promoting self-sufficiency.


As part of our mission, The Center educates approximately 4,000 members of the community about the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse to prevent future violence and spread the word that about the services we offer at The Center for Family Justice. Annually, we teach more than 2,000 children and teens about building healthy relationships, bullying prevention and dating violence.


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