Meeting the needs of children in shelter

The first major project of the Children’s Center on Family Violence is focused on a pilot of a new shelter screening tool. The purpose of the screen, which is currently being utilized in three domestic violence shelters in Connecticut, is to determine if children entering shelter with their caregiver may benefit from assistance with emotional … Continued

Family Violence Shapes How Children Perceive the World

by Damion Grasso, PhD It’s fascinating to watch young children begin to interact with and understand our world – everything a question and a discovery. All of this newness is instrumental in fine-tuning their fast-developing brains, which need nurturance and stimulation to grow to their potential. These experiences are necessary for reaching developmental competencies, such … Continued

Shared Parenting May Harm Children Experiencing Family Violence

The Connecticut General Assembly is currently considering a measure, Senate Bill 1049, that would create a presumption of shared custody and shared parenting in child custody cases heard before the court. Unfortunately, any such presumption could have serious implications for victims of domestic violence and their children involved in such cases. By creating a presumption … Continued

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

In 1983 Congress declared April National Child Abuse Prevention month to bring awareness to programs designed to prevent crimes against children and recognize victims of abuse. Child Abuse Prevention month is also a good time to review how you can play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children in your community. … Continued

Understanding Children’s Experience in Connecticut’s Domestic Violence Shelters

Children’s exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV) in the United States is significant. A recent national study indicates that 17.9% of children have witnessed physical IPV between their caregivers in their lifetime, or about 13.6 million children. And while this circumstance offers immense challenges to policymakers, advocates, educators, healthcare providers and others, there is opportunity … Continued

Improving Outcomes for Victims of Domestic Violence

For the past six years, the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence has honored men and women around the state for their work improving the lives of domestic violence victims in Connecticut.

New Center Helps Kids Exposed to Domestic Violence

Children exposed to family violence often face lifelong negative consequences, including physical and psychological impairments that compromise their optimal healthy development and present a serious public health concern.