FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Gael Strack and Casey Gwinn are hoping the local communities in Easton and Fairfield gets behind the blueprint for Connecticut's first Family Justice Center planned for Bridgeport.
The two leaders of the Family Justice Center Alliance came to Bridgeport recently to lead a two-day strategic planning session for the center, which will "co-locate all services for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault" at The Center for Women and Families’ headquarters at 753 State St., Bridgeport. The new center would be called The Center for Family Justice. The center serves Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull.
“We hope this is a beginning to making dreams come true for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault,” said Cathy Malloy, first lady of Connecticut. “Once this is up and running, we want the rest of Connecticut to use this as the model.”
More than 200 participants from the community attended the session.
Debra Greenwood, president and CEO of The Center for Women and Families, said the agency has "officially begun its 18-month transformation into The Center for Family Justice and applauded all the community members and prospective partners who attended the strategic planning," according to a release.
“It is no longer just us,” Greenwood said. “It is now about ‘We,’ all of our partners who will now be joining us in The Center for Family Justice. We have all always worked toward one common goal, to help victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault become survivors. Now, we will be doing it in one place, streamlining the process and making communications easier between the partners.”
For more information about The Center for Family Justice, residents are asked to visit the organization's website.