Our programs have a measurable impact on our clients – whether they are kids going to camp or adults learning a new language. CFJ is here to help those who need a hand up to an independent, productive life.
Stats on CFJ Service: Camp HOPE America – Bridgeport
When we say that kids come back from camp more hopeful, we have actual numbers to back that up.
For a report released in 2021, researchers from the University of Oklahoma describe Camp Hope America-Bridgeport as an experience that has the power that can “change the lives of children exposed to domestic violence.”
Researchers analyzed surveys filled out by 43 campers, who took the surveys before and after their camp experiences as well as 30 days after coming back from camp, and found that the increases in hope were statistically significant. The kids’ scores went up in both hope and resiliency.
“The results of this study provide compelling evidence that Camp HOPE improves the hope of children in a manner that was self-reported by the children and teens and observed by the camp counselors,” the report states. Through the camp experience, CFJ seeks to break the cycle of abuse that can trickle down through generations in families.
“The primary outcome was to change the way children exposed to domestic violence believe in themselves, believe in others, believe in their dreams, and find hope for the future,” according to the report. “The results of this study provide compelling evidence that Camp HOPE improves the hope of children in a manner that was self-reported by the children and teens and observed by the camp counselors.”
Increases in Classesfor English As A Second Language
Many Spanish-speaking victims report that language barriers make it harder for them to access services they need. Leaving abusive relationships can also be a challenge due to economic and social dependency on a partner.
Our Latine Unit provides English As A Second Language classes to our clients so they can break down the economic barriers that hinder a survivor’s ability to seek employment and live safe, independent lives.
CFJ’s first ESL graduating class had 4 students. For the 2022-23 session, that class grew to 11 graduates. This year, the 2023-24 class has grown to 20 students! Further, two of the students from the 2022-23 session have started the process to get their GEDs!
The Latinx Unit can be found on Instagram – @cfjcomunidadlatinx. To learn more about CFJ’s programs and services, contact Latine Program Director Laura Silva at LSilva@CenterforFamilyJustice.org.
National Stats | Prevalence of Abuse & Why CFJ’s Services are so Vital
Domestic and sexual violence as well as child abuse are serious threats to public safety.
The data is clear – the free and confidential services provided by The Center for Family Justice are nothing short of lifesaving.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline said they experienced historic high contact volume in 2022, with more than 2,000 calls, chats and texts per day. The following stats are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Intimate Partner Violence: Impacts 41 percent of women; 26 percent of men who have experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence and/or stalking.
Intimate Partner Violence: More than 61 million women and 53 million men have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
Intimate Partner Violence: About 75% of female IPV survivors and 48% of male IPV survivors experience some form of injury.
Intimate Partner Violence: Data from U.S. crime reports suggest that about 1 in 5 homicide victims are killed by an intimate partner. The reports also found that over half of female homicide victims in the United States are killed by a current or former male intimate partner.
Sexual Violence: Sexual violence has also impacted more than half of women and nearly 1 in 3 men.
Sexual Violence: Further, 1 in 4 women and about 1 in 26 men have experienced completed or attempted rape. Additionally, 1 in 3 women and about 1 in 9 men experienced sexual harassment in a public place.
Sexual Violence: Sexual violence disproportionately affects some groups. Women and racial and ethnic minority groups experience a higher burden of sexual violence. For example, more than 2 in 5 non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaska Native and non-Hispanic multiracial women were raped in their lifetime.
Child Abuse: At least 1 in 7 children have experienced child abuse or neglect in the past year in the United States.
Child Abuse: In 2020, 1,750 children died of abuse and neglect in the United States.
Child Abuse: Children living in poverty experience more abuse and neglect. Rates of child abuse and neglect are 5 times higher for children in families with low socioeconomic status.
The following resources offer additional information about domestic, sexual or child abuse, human trafficking or victim services:
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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