Category Archives: Domestic Violence

Thanks to Our Generous Empower Ride Sponsors

CFJ is grateful to the many generous supporters who are making it possible for us to renovate and open a new domestic violence safe house in 2022 through their support of the Empower Ride. Alan Masarek, co-chair of our Empower House campaign, is riding from coast to coast on an epic journey across America to […]

Foundation Gives CFJ Major Grant to Support Its Pro Bono Legal Center

The Center for Family Justice has received a major grant in support of its innovative Pro Bono Legal Center which provides free legal services to its clients impacted by domestic violence and abuse. CFJ received a three-year grant totaling $225,000 from The Inner-City Foundation for Charity & Education, which recently announced its dissolution after more […]

Binky Patrol, Masuk High Students Donate Blankets to CFJ Clients and Camp HOPE

Several Masuk High School students spent part of their summer vacation creating handmade blankets for local children and teens impacted by domestic and sexual violence through their volunteer work for the Binky Patrol, a Monroe-based service organization. The Binky Patrol, which creates soft blankets for children and adults in need of warmth and comfort, recently […]

Survivor, Artist, Activist Dawnn Lewis Named 2021 Speaking of Women Keynote

Dawnn Lewis, a stage and screen star, philanthropist, and domestic abuse survivor, has been named the keynote speaker for the 24th annual Speaking of Women luncheon to benefit The Center for Family Justice. Lewis, a versatile performer best known for her role in the 1980’s sitcom A Different World and more recently in Broadway’s smash […]

Fairfield Police Detective Kerry Dalling Named CFJ “Partner of the Year”

The Center for Family Justice recently honored a Fairfield Police Detective for her service to the nonprofit which provides crisis and supportive services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in six local communities. Detective Kerry Dalling, a 24-year veteran of the Fairfield Police Department, was named CFJ’s 2021 “Partner of the Year” at its […]

Band Central Named 2020 CFJ Partner of the Year

The Center for Family Justice is pleased to announce that it has named Band Central, a local nonprofit dedicated to using the engaging power of live musical performances to support Fairfield County charities, as the recipient of its 2021 Community Partner of the Year Award. This is an honor CFJ bestows annually to a group […]

CFJ’s Angela Schlingheyde Honored as a Legal “Game Changer”

The Center for Family Justice is pleased to announce that Angela Schlingheyde, J.D., its Director of Civil Legal and Court Advocacy Services, was recently honored for her leadership in launching innovative programs to bring free legal services to victims of domestic violence. Schlingheyde was the featured winner of the annual “Game Changer” award presented May […]

CFJ Announces Plans to Open New, Expanded Domestic Violence Safe House

Domestic violence victims in need of safe shelter and protection from their abusers, will soon have a new place to go for help and support. The Center for Family Justice has acquired a 9,000 square foot home to expand safe house services for the more than 3,000 domestic violence victims it serves each year.  The new […]

Elizabeth M. Pfriem Foundation Announces Major Camp HOPE Grant

A major five-year grant from the Elizabeth M. Pfriem Foundation will allow The Center for Family Justice to expand its award-winning summer camp and mentoring program for children and teens who have experienced the trauma of domestic and sexual violence. The foundation, endowed by the late Bridgeport philanthropist Elizabeth Pfriem, recently announced its plans to […]

Debra A. Greenwood: The Importance of Legacy as CFJ Turns 125

When the Bridgeport YWCA first opened its doors in 1895, women did not have the right to vote. They also could not borrow money, open a business, or get divorced without their husband’s written consent. If those husbands ever abused them or their children, women had no choice but to put up with the emotional […]