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  • About The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services (UCDVS)

  • The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services provides services for victims and their children at two sites located in Ansonia and North Haven. All services offered are free of charge and confidential. Services support 170 different languages 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    UCDVS provides services for residents of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Branford, Derby, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Milford, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton, West Haven, and Woodbridge.

  • Walk-In Crisis Service and 24-Hour Hotline

  • UCDVS offers 24-hour services for crisis hotline counseling, advocacy and information about crime victim compensation, filing of temporary restraining orders, referral, and safety planning. In addition, CDVS accommodates crisis walk-ins, as well as immediate appointments and sheltering on a crisis basis.

    The CDVS Crisis Hotline numbers are (203) 736-9944 and (203) 789-8104. Toll-free 1-888-774-2900

  • Emergency Safe House

  • UCDVS provides a temporary confidential refuge for women and children affected by domestic violence. UCDVS confidential safe houses have advocates available 24/7 to help families and individuals rebuild their lives. Shelter services include individual and group counseling, advocacy, law enforcement-based victim assistance, children’s counseling programs, safety education and planning, emergency legal advocacy, and other support services as needed. While UCDVS safe houses cater to women and children only, separate arrangements can be made for sheltering male victims of domestic violence who need to be in a safe place.

  • Transitional Housing

  • Women who have resided in the safe house are eligible for the UCDVS transitional housing program where they can reside for up to 18 months and receive rent subsidy and follow-up services.

  • Family Violence Victims Advocates (FVVA) & Court-Based Advocacy

  • UCDVS provides Family Violence Victims Advocates (FVVAs) and court-based advocacy to assist victims of domestic violence whose partners have been arrested for family violence crime. The FVVA facilitates communication between the victim and court personnel to ensure that his/her input is considered in case disposition and provides support throughout the court process, including prosecution and related sanctions. Help in obtaining the appropriate protective order is given.

  • In 2011 UCDVS provided court-based services for 3,082 individuals in New Haven, 1,225 individuals in Milford, and 779 individuals in Derby.

  • Support Groups

  • UCDVS offers weekly support groups for women who are in an abusive relationship. Attendees share feelings and experiences that support the process of healing from the emotional pain and fear they experience while living in a violent relationship.

  • Community Education

  • UCDVS provides community education workshops related to the dynamics and scope of domestic violence, family violence laws, and services available in each community. Workshops and presentations are designed for professionals, civic and service organizations, businesses, community and other groups. Special programs include the Teenage Abuse Prevention Program (TAPP) for students and educators, and elder abuse prevention workshops for senior centers.

  • Legal Advocacy

  • UCDVS partners with a statewide network for the provision of civil legal assistance to victims. Special focus is placed on increasing representation to battered immigrants and victims with language barriers and providing representation in cases that will increase victim’s economic security.

  • Developing Options for Victim Education (DOVE) Classes

  • DOVE classes are 8-week classes held once a week to educate women about domestic violence and its effect on the family. The classes are intended for women who have been arrested on domestic violence charges or have Department of Children and Families involvement due to domestic violence. Topics of DOVE classes include effects of domestic violence on families and children; trauma, psychological and physical abuse; open/closed communication skills; and area supportive resources. Participants receive a certificate of completion when all 8 weekly classes are attended. Women who are referred from DCF, court, and social service agencies are eligible for DOVE classes.

    DOVE Program Brochure

  • CHERISH Program (Caring Home for Elderly Receiving Insight, Safety, and Healing)

  • The CHERISH program is a “virtual shelter” program for late-life victims of domestic violence. By partnering with local and regional Assisted Living Communities, the program provides victims with safe alternatives to living in abusive home environments. Assistance is provided to help late-life victims make decisions about their options and learn how to access community resources designed to support them.

    CHERISH Program Brochure

  • Volunteer and Internship Programs

  • UCDVS utilizes volunteers in many aspects of programming (court, crisis work, committees, etc.). Each semester, including summer sessions, UCDVS accepts interns on undergraduate and graduate levels in the fields of counseling, psychology, social work, public health, marriage and family therapy, etc. All volunteers/interns must complete a mandatory 20-hour training series.

    Domestic violence services are funded in part by the Office of Victim Services, Superior Court Operations Division, State of Connecticut Judicial Branch, Victims of Crime Act Victim Assistance Grant Program and United Ways of Connecticut.

  • Teen Program

  • Love shouldn’t hurt, but for many teens it does. UCDVS can help if you are in trouble.

    Teen Program Brochure

  • Donate Your Cell Phone, iPad and/or iPod

  • Shelter Alliance is the largest cell phone recycling program in the United States. Through this program, UCDVS is able to raise funds through the collection and recycling of used cell phones.

    Donate your cell phone, iPad and/or iPod to help the fight against domestic violence.

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