As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, the implications for victims of domestic violence across Connecticut are becoming increasingly clear, with month over month assessments showing more victims at heightened risk. To address this, 4-CT is supporting the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV)’s enhanced victim advocacy and support programs across the state with a $400K grant. These programs offer access to help through CCADV's 18 member organizations 24/7. Despite the heightened need, CCADV's ability to ensure steady funding has diminished as fundraisers have been cancelled or suspended altogether and support from state and federal contracts only partially fills these gaps.
A second 4-CT grant of $150K to CCADV leveraged significant federal funds to alleviate the costs of housing survivors of domestic violence. During the pandemic, shelter networks have no choice but to resort to hotels instead of going over capacity in their existing buildings; the costs of this hoteling have been a huge burden on shelters and could have led to staff cuts or turning people away without this help.
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