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Women's Center of Greater Danbury

Domestic Violence Hotline: (203) 731-5206
Sexual Assault Hotline: (203) 731-5204

Middle School & High School


  • 60% of high school students are or have been in abusive relationships; 25% of that abuse is physical.
  • 1 in 3 females will be the victim of sexual assault in her lifetime; 75% of that risk is between the ages of 14 and 24 (the lifetime risk of male sexual assault is 1 in 6, the largest percentage of that risk occurring before age 18).

The Women’s Center provides strength-based programs with a focus on empowerment for middle and high school students.  Students are encouraged to assume leadership positions challenging abuse and promoting healthy norms.

Programs may be in a classroom format utilizing interactive exercises such as CPS (anonymous, interactive technology), videos, games, role playing activities and group discussions or smaller, informal focus group formats where students help to generate the program direction.

Programs include:

Bystander Intervention (Middle & High school)

Through discussion, students learn how they can go from being a bystander to an upstander when they witness mean behavior. They are given the opportunity to put their ideas into action through role playing. While our middle school program focuses mostly on bullying our high school curricula touches upon intervening in sexual harassment/assault and abusive relationships. (40-50 minutes)

Cybersafety (Middle & High school)

This lesson on cybersafety teaches students about online dangers such as bullying, predators, sexting, geotagging, etc., as well as what we can do to stop them. (40-50 minutes)

Healthy Relationships series (Middle & High school)

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Healthy Relationship Series:  This series explores dating violence, sexual assault/abuse and sexual harassment.

Challenging Stereotypes (Middle school only)

This program focuses on respect and tolerance. Children will learn what prejudice and stereotypes are, where they come from and what we can do to stop them. (40-50 minutes)

Conflict Resolution (Middle school only)

This program explores the aspects of healthy friendships including how to resolve conflicts in a healthy way. Students learn active listening skills, "I Statements", and practice these tools through role plays (45 minutes)

Body Image (Middle school & High school)

This lesson focuses on how cumulative exposure to media images affect how we perceive ourselves, and the harmful effects of negative body image. Students will explore their own body image and learn to reframe negative thoughts into positive goals. (40-50 minutes)

Self Esteem (Middle & High school)

Through discussion, students explore and discover how our self-esteem is affected by external and internal pressures. They learn the importance of high self-esteem and tools to increase theirs, as well as boost the self-esteem of their peers. (40-50 minutes).

Location & Contact

Women's Center of Greater Danbury 
2 West Street
Danbury, Connecticut 06810

Counseling/Administrative Headquarters:
Ph: (203) 731-5200
Fax: (203) 731-5207

Local Hotlines:
Domestic Violence Hotline: (203) 731-5206
Sexual Assault Hotline: (203) 731-5204

National Domestic Violence Hotline:
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
1-800-787-3224 (TTY)


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