Story by: Tara O’Neill

BRIDGEPORT — The staff at the Center for Family Justice continues to work remotely to help clients in crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While that might mean that the center’s Bridgeport office is temporarily closed, its staff remains in touch with those clients most in need, they said.

“They are doing an incredible job under extremely difficult circumstances,” said a statement from Debra Greenwood, the center’s president and CEO.

She said a pandemic is an important time to reach out to as many people as possible who could be in an abusive situation.

“Domestic violence programs throughout the state are concerned victims may lack the ability to safely reach out for help as they are forced to stay in close quarters with an abuser,” Greenwood said.

The center has three of hotlines that are available around the clock: 203-384-9559 (domestic violence), 203-333-2233 (sexual violence) and 888-568-8332 (Spanish-speaking).

If a victim doesn’t feel safe making a phone call, they should connect with the center through direct, private message on social media; Facebook (@CenterforFamilyJustice) is the best option. The center can also be reached on Instagram (@CenterforFamilyJusticeCT) and Twitter (@CFJCT).

Victims in an abusive situation should establish signals or certain words with friends or family that they can use when they are in danger so those people can call in emergency help, Greenwood said.

Anyone in immediate, life-threatening danger should call 911.

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