Since our founding in 1975, the Women’s Center has been a safe haven as the sole provider of services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in the Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield County areas.
Each year, the Center serves over 20,000 individuals from our area communities. Our free and confidential services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The Center's key areas of focus include emergency shelter and support services, counseling and advocacy, crisis intervention, and community education, primary prevention and training.
All funds provided to the Center support our critically needed domestic violence, sexual assault and resource services for adults and children in our 13-town service area, including: Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Sherman, and Washington.
The Women's Center is a member of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) and Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services (CONNSACS).
In 1975, Mary Elizabeth Corso, Alice Chapman and Bonnie Law founded the Women's Center as a place where women could gather and explore ways to improve their lives. Harnessing the energy of the Women's Movement, the Center served as a place for "consciousness-raising" and awareness of new opportunities for women.
From this foundation, the Women's Center quickly evolved and broadened its mission as volunteers realized the depth and breadth of the community needs - in particular displaced homemakers and victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Working with other community groups to develop critically needed services, the Women's Center evolved into the multi-faceted social services agency that it is today.