Sexual Assault Coalition Expanding Services for Survivors – July 3, 2018
The Victim Rights Center of Connecticut (VRCCT), a no-fee legal services organization providing trauma-informed, holistic services to survivors of sexual assault and other violent crime in criminal, civil and family courts will join Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence (The Alliance) this month as part of an acquisition agreement.
Many Survivors Need Legal Help
It is critical that survivors have support from professionals who understand the impact sexual violence can have on their daily lives, including their employment, education, and housing. At VRCCT, we have built a team that focuses solely on the legal needs of survivors, protecting and upholding victim’s rights, privacy and dignity while navigating complex systems including the courts.
In fact, our talented team of five attorneys are the only attorneys in Connecticut who specialize in representation of victims of sexual violence in criminal court at no-cost. While over 80% of the victims we work with are survivors of sexual violence, we also represent victims of child abuse, elder abuse, survivors of homicide, as well as victims of crime who identify as LGBTQ — all of whom may need assistance with securing safety protections, education, housing, employment, immigration, compensation or benefits — at no cost.
A Mission-Driven Decision
When we launched in 2013, we were quick to team up with The Alliance and sexual assault victim advocates at their member centers. Along with partners throughout Connecticut’s legal aid community, we’ve been growing a strong network.
By joining together with The Alliance, the state’s leading experts in the anti-sexual violence field, we will be able to offer more direct and coordinated services to help ensure survivors get the help they need. Together as one organization, we can more easily share knowledge and experience with each other which strengthens everything we do.
We’ll certainly achieve some efficiencies by joining forces and, given the economic climate in Connecticut, that’s important. But this move is about a shared mission. We are committed to building communities free of sexual violence and to providing trauma informed, culturally affirming, advocacy, prevention, and intervention services centered on the voices of survivors.
We are excited to take this step forward, to offer confidential legal support at no-cost, to help more survivors of sexual violence, and to secure the justice and healing they deserve. On behalf of the board and staff of VRCCT, I hope you will continue to support us at our new home as a program of the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence.
VRCCT Program Director
P.S. Connect with us today!
Call 203-350-3515 to reach an attorney with the VRRCT, a new program of Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence, serving Hartford, Middlesex, New Haven, and Eastern Fairfield counties. To learn more about The Alliance and to find a member center near you, visit their website here.
P.P.S. Help us expand our legal reach statewide!
As a program of The Alliance, VRCCT will continue to be supported by federal grants and private donations. If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to help The Alliance and VRCCT reach more survivors, please do so here.