Lockdowns led to a spike in the region’s domestic violence pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life for all of us.

This October, as we observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I hope we will all focus attention on those who have been especially vulnerable during this devastating public health crisis: The thousands of adults and children living in our communities, who have also experienced the devastation of domestic abuse during an extended period of social isolation. Read More

Responding to domestic, sexual violence during the COVID-19 pandemic

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Domestic and sexual abuse and violence do not stop because of a pandemic. Indeed, experts at The Center for Family Justice, which provides crisis and supportive services to victims in six local communities, are concerned that abuse may actually escalate as people are forced to live in close proximity for extended periods of time in an effort to diminish the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Read More