INDIVIDUAL & FAMILY SUPPORT

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HELP IS AVAILABLE:
FOR SUPPORT, ADVOCACY, REFERRALS
OR emergency SHELTER, CALL OUR
24 HOUR HOTLINE (860) 364-1900

  • Crisis Hotline – 24 hours a day / 7 days a week / 365 days a year, answered by certified domestic violence counselors. Collect calls are accepted and all calls are confidential. Support, safety planning, information and referrals are available.

  • Emergency Shelter – Confidential shelter and safety planning. Available until you can return to your own home safely, relocate to another safe housing option, or transition into a longer-term shelter for planning and support.

  • Individual Support Counseling – Walk-in or by appointment, Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Free and confidential. Safety planning, domestic violence education, and resource referral for adults, teens and children, or concerned family and friends. Advocates available to safety plan and refer re: housing, transportation, financial needs, child care, legal issues, medical needs, employment, mental health or substance recovery concerns.

  • Criminal and Civil Legal Advocacy – Support in navigating the court process in the Torrington GA-18 court. Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Free and confidential. Family Violence Victim Advocate located on-site in court support center to provide advocacy, safety planning, and resource referral for all domestic violence criminal victims or those victims seeking civil court action.

  • Support Groups – Weekly groups for those who are currently with or who have left an abusive partner – contact office for schedule. Free and confidential. WSS works with clients regardless of whether they choose to stay in a relationship or choose to leave.

  • Parenting Support Groups - Support with parenting challenges that arise when co-parenting with a violent partner or ex-partner. Learn how to increase both your own and your children’s skills for healthy relationship connections.

  • Calling All Cars Program — Would you like to receive a reliable used car? Please complete the application below and email it to Liz Davis at ldavis@wssdv.org, or send it to Women’s Support Services: PO Box 341, Sharon, CT 06069. APPLICATION

Trauma and I had a relationship long before I knew how to define trauma or relationship. We go back like four flats on a Cadillac… I often thought that the things that had happened to me were in some way my fault. And if only I had been better, if only I had been more understanding or more compassionate, if only I had loved harder…things would have turned out differently. I internalized everything for so long, always placing the blame on me, not where it truly belonged. I often found myself arguing with myself that I was not a victim. Yet I knew that I was not a perpetrator. I knew that when I said no, he was to stop. I knew that when I called the police I needed help. As I heard the air come out of my tires that fateful day I didn’t want that air to come out of me also.
— Desirée McKay-Rogers, excerpt from Impact