Case Management Program
Victims of Crime Act
Bethel (Greater Danbury area)
VOCA, or the Victim of Crime Act, passed federal legislation in 1984 to help provide direct services for victims of crimes. After the implementation of this act, grant funding became available to service clients who had been victimized. The VOCA program here at Catholic Charites of Fairfield County was launched in 2019 to provide case management services for victims. Our goal is to create a stable and safe environment for the client and families to heal through the use of advocacy, support, setting and planning out goals, and having a trauma and culturally sensitive environment. Clients must meet the following eligibility requirements victimization occurred in Connecticut, and/or victim lived in Connecticut when the victimization occurred, and/or victim lived in Connecticut at the time services are sought. We actively work with clients who have currently been the victim of a crime or in the past had been victimized but are currently struggling. Police reports or involvement and/or court involvement are not needed in order to utilize this program.
- Assistance with Victims Compensation Process
- Court support
- Advocacy and Emotional Support
- Connection to resources like counseling, housing assistance, shelters, childcare, food resources, transportation
- Crisis intervention and safety planning
We currently work with victims of the following crimes and help them navigate through the system:
• Adults sexually abused/assaulted as children • Adult physical assault • Bullying (cyber, physical, or verbal) • Burglary • Child Physical Abuse and Neglect • Domestic and/or Family Violence • DUI/DWI Incidents • Elder Abuse/Neglect • Hate Crimes (Racial/Religious/Gender/ Sexual Orientation/Other) • Human Trafficking for Sex or Labor • Identity Theft/Fraud/Financial Crimes • Other Vehicular Victimization • Stalking/Harassment • Survivors or Homicide Victims • Teen Dating Victimization
The VOCA program is funded through the Office of Victims Services.
Note: you can call to perform an intake in person or via phone
Mental health and a sense of wellbeing are all about connections, says Richard Madwid, MS, LPC, LADC, CCS, director of Behavioral Health Services for Catholic Charities of Fairfield County.
He says the COVID-19 crisis has disrupted connections between friends, family and the larger community. As a result, over the past two years Catholic Charities has seen a dramatic increase in requests for counseling and mental health services for conditions ranging from anxiety and depression to domestic violence and substance abuse.
Catholic Charities of Fairfield County Participates in ‘Purple Thursday’ to Raise Awareness About Domestic Violence
Staff from all programs of Catholic Charities Fairfield County participated in “Purple Thursday” on October 21st, 2021. Purple Thursday is a national day of action each October during Domestic Violence Awareness month.
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