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From 01 July 2018 through 30 June 2019, Women’s Support Services:

  • Provided support services to 749 clients, 486 of whom were new clients

  • The composition of our new clients includes:

- 450 adults and 36 children
- 363 female, 121 male clients, 2 transgender clients

  • Responded to 941 hotline crisis requests

  • Provided emergency shelter to 35 people for a total of 406 nights of shelter. This included 22 women, 1 man, and 12 children

  • Provided criminal court advocacy and support to 472 victims of family violence

  • Conducted 230 prevention workshops to children and teens in local schools, daycare programs, and camps



- Modified Shifting Boundaries Curriculum -

What are some things that you learned?
What boundaries are and how far away I want people (setting my own boundaries).
I also learned about how different genders have different boundaries based on the other gender.
Different people have different boundaries.
What to do in certain situations - different ways to intervene - while still being safe.

What are two things that surprised you?
I was surprised by the fact that there are so many things you can do to stand up for someone.
The boys stood farther apart, even though they’ve known each other as long as the girls have [i.e. the girls stood closer together on average].
That some people have the same thoughts about this as me.
Our teacher’s story from 6th grade. [She was made fun of and wished someone had intervened for her, even though it looked like she thought what was happening was funny/fine.]

What is one thing you wish we had done differently, or that you would change for next time?
Nothing, it was fun!
More activities and less sitting and listening.

WSS is essential to building a culture of non-violence and peace. I especially support their work in schools, providing preventative education on respectful interaction and constructive problem-solving. Violence is a sad state but our skilled workers have the tools for change. Let ‘em work their magic.
— Katherine Freygang, former Board Member
The overwhelming incidence of domestic violence in the United States is perpetrated by males. I feel that correcting this terrible and ongoing behavior requires men to stand firmly against domestic violence and participate whenever possible to help its victims.
— Warren Carter, former Board Member
I support WSS because I want to break the cycle of domestic abuse that started in my own family and help other families to do the same. I want my sons to grow up in a world that supports them in handling conflicts without violence. My first grader has been so lucky to have Rebecca Cohen, WSS’s Community Educator, teach classes in his schools since preschool. He loves her lessons and they have given us wonderful opportunities to talk at home about bullying, self-esteem, friendship, and handling difficult feelings. I’m so grateful for everything WSS does for our community!
— Emma Wynn, former Board Member
I feel so fortunate to live and work in Northwest Corner of Connecticut, and it is important to me to give back to our local area in meaningful ways. As a mother of three young girls I realize that, according to the numbers, they are at great risk of experiencing abuse in their lifetimes. “Approximately 1 in 5 female students is physically or sexually abused by a dating partner” ...what an alarming statistic. As a health and wellness teacher, I also know that so much can be done in the way of prevention and education. I am proud to be a part of an organization that brings these kinds of services to our local schools and communities, and I am grateful that WSS is also there to support people who need help at a dark point in their lives. WSS is a beacon of hope and an example of the good that can come when people band together in community.
— Carrie Smith, former Board Member
I got my cat Lion a little over 7 years ago when I was first getting sober. Since then, he has been an integral part of my life! When I was leaving my abusive boyfriend, I had nowhere to put him, and it eventually became his life or mine. Thanks to WSS, my living situation worked out miraculously and they were able to help me board Lion until I had a stable home. We just celebrated our 7th year together. This little guy has been through a lot, and I’m lucky to have him! My counselor at WSS has always been there for me, no matter what the issue or time between appointments has been. I love having a safe place to go.
— Maria Mason