The staff at The Center for Family Justice is dedicated to bringing hope and healing to all child victims and their families.
We provide crisis intervention, conduct forensic interviews and offer emotional support and counseling to children who are victims of sexual, physical and domestic violence, including cases where the children witnessed abuse.
The Center for Family Justice is an accredited Child Advocacy Center, and the operating agency of the Multidisciplinary Investigative Team (MDT) of Greater Bridgeport.
Child abuse is an act resulting in serious physical or emotional harm, exploitation or death; including physical, emotional, sexual and neglect.
Home should be a safe place, but for far too many children it is not because of domestic violence. Sometimes children become the victims of domestic violence; other times they are emotionally scarred because they witness a caretaker’s abuse.
Studies have proven that exposure to long-term violence in the home, whether it is directed at the child or not, has a long-lasting effect on the child. Consequences of abuse can include depression, anxiety, fear, guilt and low self-esteem.
Physical abuse is any injury suffered by a child at the hands of another person. Sometimes you can see the injury; often you cannot.
Physical abuse often causes emotional wounds as well, which can be manifested in the child as aggressive behavior or extreme shyness. The child might also be afraid to go home, or show fear of their parents or other adults.
What are the signs of physical abuse?
Physical signs of physical abuse include:
Injuries on the child’s body in the shape of an object, such as a strap or belt buckle;
Bruises or burns on the child’s body;
A delay between the time of injury and medical treatment.
Emotional abuse damages a child’s emotional, psychological and social development and sense of self worth. Physically or sexually abused children often suffer from emotional abuse. Emotional abuse also happens with constant criticism, threats, withholding affection and negligence.
Physical signs of emotional abuse include:
Child Sexual Abuse
Sexual assault is any inappropriate touching, showing pornography, sex and exposing body parts to the child for the sexual stimulation of the adult.
Although in many cases there will be no outward signs of the abuse, the child often has poor relationships with peers and suffers from low self-esteem; their grades may drop; they show an unusual interest in sex for a child of their age; they might run away or become delinquent; and older children may use drugs and alcohol or become sexually active, become depressed or develop eating disorders.
We help build children back up after experiencing the trauma of abuse, in whatever form it has taken in their lives. All our programs are free and confidential and are offered in both English and Spanish.
The Elizabeth M. Pfriem Camp HOPE America-Bridgeport/Pathways to HOPE program seeks to improve social-emotional outcomes in children impacted by domestic and/or sexual violence, abuse, and neglect through a trauma-informed camping and mentoring experience.
Camp HOPE + Pathways to HOPE
An evidence-based camping and mentoring program for children exposed to trauma.
The Center for Family Justice provides free & confidential trauma-informed services and care coordination for any victim or survivor of domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking, and child abuse.
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