For Thousands Of People, Home Is The
Most Dangerous Place On Earth. WTH?
- Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic shut-down, emergency calls to CFJ’s Crisis Hotline have increased by 56%
- 238,506 Americans 12 and older were sexually assaulted or abused at or near their home last year. Which is one every 132 seconds!
- In 2019, Connecticut served over 37,700 victims of domestic abuse
- Domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness for women and children
- ⅓ of all criminal court cases in Connecticut involve family violence
- 47% of transgender people are sexually assaulted at some point in their lifetime
- American men are twice as likely to be sexually assaulted if they are gay or bisexual
- Every 9 minutes, an American child experiences sexual assault
Plain and simple—this is unacceptable. Sheltering in one’s home should not be more frightening than the pandemic itself.
In an average year, our existing Safe House provides nearly 5,000 bed-nights of shelter to adults and children fleeing from domestic violence at home. But since the pandemic, we have been operating beyond full capacity, and there is simply no more available space at our one Safe House location to help the many people in need. In fact, the overflow strain has required a 4,300% increase in hotel bed-nights provided vs. the same period last year!