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Our Mission

Our mission is to break the cycle of interpersonal violence through empowerment, education and support services utilizing inclusive, trauma-informed, and client-centered practices for all individuals in the community.

Our vision is to create safer communities free from interpersonal violence for all individuals in Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield Counties.

We serve the needs of individuals and families in the Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield County communities of Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, and Sherman.

  • Empowerment: Empowering individuals to find their voice and choose their path towards healing as they rebuild their lives from interpersonal violence.
    • We believe that choice is about knowing what options are available, respecting an individual’s choice, and having the resources to make the choices they want.
  • Education: Preventing and reducing interpersonal violence in the community through prevention education and awareness.
    • Certain risk factors are linked to a greater likelihood of interpersonal violence; understanding these risk factors can provide greater opportunities for prevention.
    • We recognize that our education, prevention and supportive services can help individuals identify if they are a victim of interpersonal violence.
  • Survivor Centered: Uplifting the voices of lived experience to impact systemic change.
    • We allow survivors to guide our work and center their voices and experiences.
    • We encourage survivors to no longer be silent, to support one another, and become one voice with a vision to end interpersonal violence.
  • Social Change: Actively working to shift the culture that allows interpersonal violence to thrive.
    • Interpersonal violence is fueled by all forms of oppression. Our programs and services honor intersectionality, allowing the link between oppression and interpersonal violence to become visible to all.
    • We provide services to all individuals impacted by interpersonal violence regardless of race, age, gender, sexual orientation, ability, nationality, socioeconomic status or religion.
  • Collaboration: Building safer communities through collaboration centered on diversity, equity and inclusion.
    • We can best support survivors and prevent interpersonal violence when many people and organizations come together, learn from one another and create solutions together.

Where we Help

CEE is available to help anyone, though we focus on the following towns and zip codes.

Success Story

Just about a year ago, CEE was very excited for the momentous day when the keys to their new residential building, Patricia House for women and children fleeing violence would be handed over. Day after day, Patricia House received deliveries of linens, kitchen goods, toys, and more.

Meet our Leaders

Our leadership team comprises a group of educated and experienced professionals who are passionate about building a safer community for all of us.

What is Abuse

Abuse takes on many forms on manifestations.