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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 […]

Focus on the Youngest Survivors of Sexual Abuse & Violence

When we speak about sexual assault, it is natural for our thoughts to turn to extremely violent acts carried out by predatory strangers. That is a completely understandable perception as our popular culture has manifested the idea that sexual assault is something that happens in dark alleys and stairwells. While that is certainly the case […]

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 […]

CFJ to Celebrate 125th Virtual Jubilee Gala on March 26, 2021

The Center for Family Justice will celebrate its 125th anniversary as a nonprofit at its March 26th Virtual Jubilee Gala honoring the many volunteer leaders who have helped advance its mission of supporting survivors of domestic and sexual violence in six local communities. CFJ’s roots date back to 1895 when it was founded as the […]

CFJ Attorney Uswah A. Khan Named as Connecticut Bar Association Fellow

Attorney Uswah A. Khan of Trumbull, CT, a staff attorney with The Center for Family Justice’s Pro Bono Legal Center, was elected a 2021 Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation (CBF) James W. Cooper Fellows Program. Fellows are nominated by their peers based on their outstanding service to the profession and larger community and are […]