The Children’s Center on Family Violence Receives $50,000 Grant from Verizon Wireless

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is proud to announce that one of its newest programs, The Children’s Center on Family Violence (the Center), has just received generous support from Verizon Wireless to further its mission to improve outcomes for children exposed to family violence.

The Center, a partnership between Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV), is a newly established program that is the first of its kind in the nation. The $50,000 grant from Verizon, awarded to CCADV to benefit the Center, will enable the Center to test and refine strategies that show potential for being replicated statewide and nationally.

“The Center provides a unique approach that will make an impact in better shaping the lives of children affected by family violence,” said Karen Jarmoc, CEO of CCADV and co-director of the Center. “Verizon’s investment will allow us to establish an infrastructure to support ongoing strategies for strengthening policy and to undertake key research to develop a strong evidence base in the field of family violence prevention.”

“Verizon is committed to domestic violence prevention, and to helping organizations that support victims and survivors,” said Kevin Zavaglia, Verizon Wireless Northeast Market President. “The Children’s Center on Family Violence is an exceptional support program, and we are honored to be involved in their work and making a difference in the lives of children in need.”

There is growing evidence that children exposed to family violence often face lifelong negative consequences, including physical and psychological health impairments that compromise their optimal development and limit potential for productive futures. The Center’s goals include improving service systems for affected families, which currently often do not utilize best practices, and enhancing research efforts for child-focused interventions, where it is widely recognized that the evidence base is currently inadequate. The Center also plans to establish a statewide family violence information system to gather data, identify trends, and track progress over time.

“We are thrilled that Verizon recognizes the importance of our Center and its work,” said Nina Livingston, MD, the medical director of the Connecticut Children’s Suspected

Child Abuse and Neglect program and co-director of the Center. “Through our Center’s work, we are confident we will have a measurable impact on the outcomes of children who are exposed to family violence by improving services and making kids more resilient.”

In addition to providing this grant, Verizon also contributed an earlier grant that made it possible for the Center to develop a business plan with assistance from a nationally recognized consultant.

The Center is part of the Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health, which is dedicated to promoting optimal healthy development for all children.