Advocacy

Community Advocacy: Our clients do not have to be displaced from their homes and they don’t necessarily have to be enrolled in our shelter program. We accept community clients and allow them the opportunity to meet with one of our advocates at scheduled meetings to discuss the client’s needs, counseling, provide any information as well as any referrals to outside services. If you are interested in learning more on becoming a community client, please call the hotline and ask about becoming a community client. Hotline: 203-238-1501 or 888-774-2900 (English) or 844-831-9200 (Español). 

Legal Advocacy: Support at the court level is provided by our Family Violence Victim Advocate at the Meriden Courthouse. Referrals are made to the FVVA for any criminal cases. If you would like more information you can call us at our hotline number 203-238-1501 or contact the office of the Family Violence Victim Advocate at 203-238-6140 ext. 4054. Learn more here.

Civil Advocacy: Chrysalis provides support for any civil cases as well. With our civil advocate, as our client, you are given the support needed through any civil cases that may be ongoing; this means all non-criminal legal matters are handled by our civil advocate. This service is provided to any victim/survivor of domestic violence. Any support needed in filing for a restraining order can also be achieved through our civil advocate. If you would like to learn more or would like to speak to our civil advocate you can call our main office at 203-630-1638 and request to speak to our civil advocate. Learn more here.

Child Advocacy:  As parents, only so much can be done to protect your children. Witnessing domestic violence can affect a child’s emotional and cognitive development. Whether you choose to come into shelter or receive services as a community client, the shift in household/environment can confuse children and sometimes may be difficult to understand. Our program will not neglect the victims that may be sometimes forgotten. Our child advocate carefully works with children to better understand their needs and with parents to meet those needs and assist them in understanding the effects of witnessing domestic violence, the impact on the child and how to re-build a healthy relationship as well as safety plan with the parent when the offending parent is involved. Our child advocate also hosts groups and programs geared towards kids and parenting. If you would like more information, please feel free to call our hotline and request to speak to our child advocate. Learn more here.