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Prudence Crandall Center, Inc
Last updated on July 21, 2014


Prudence Crandall Center will provide caring support, beneficial information and referrals, individual advocacy to women, men, and children who are victims of domestic violence. We will provide emergency shelter to women and children who are victims of domestic violence and educate our community to reduce and ultimately eliminate domestic violence.

Prudence Crandall Center believes that individuals are their own best resources; we assist victims of domestic violence by providing the support and information necessary to overcome the fear, isolation and desperation that abused women often feel. We do not tell victims using our services what they must do; rather we support them in making their own choices.
We provide a 24-Hour Crisis Line, Crisis Intervention Counseling, Information and Referrals, Advocacy, Women's and Children's Support Groups, and Emergency Shelter in a safe and supportive environment.

Prudence Crandall Center was established in June of 1973 by a group of caring and concerned women who had a vision of a place for women to meet share and support one another. The initial focus of the Center was to identify the health, employment, and social service needs of area women and empower them to participate in all aspects of community life. The original location of PCC was in the basement of the South Congregational Church in New Britain. In the Center's first two years, PCC offered a variety of services to women in the community including trainings, a newsletter entitled "New Beginnings", a meeting place and support groups. During that time a survey was conducted by the center entitled, "A Sense of Wholeness." The survey produced documentation that women in the community desperately needed emergency housing particularly after divorce, separation or when violence was occurring in the home.

The first approach was the creation of a Safe Home network in which concerned individuals within the community took battered women and children into their homes to provide safe refuge from abuse. In October of 1975, a six room apartment was rented in New Britain to provide temporary shelter to battered women and their children. The safe apartment was quite significant, representing the first shelter for battered women in Connecticut. This was a historical event for the battered women's movement, marking the second battered women's shelter in the United States.
April 11, 1978 PCC officially opened the doors of a new shelter house. The twelve room house can accommodate a maximum capacity of 16 women and children with an average length of stay ranging from thirty to sixty days.
We still empower our clients to make their own choices while respecting their life experiences. We continue to believe that no individual should be abused in any way that causes them to live in fear. Our strides forward give us the opportunity to provide increased services to victims of domestic violence. We shall not forget our roots or struggles of our founders. Just as in the beginning, we remain dedicated and strive to bring an end to violence in homes and lives of all people. We work and hope with our clients, on their behalf, and in their memory towards the day that we close our doors due to our victory of the elimination of domestic violence.
The center is named after Prudence Crandall, a brave advocate who stood up against the mistreatment and inequality of prejudice. Prudence was an educator and role model who established the first academy for "young ladies and little misses of color," in Canterbury, Connecticut in 1833.

Contact person: Megan Bernardini, Manager Of Communications And Special Events, (phone), (email)

Main office number: (860) 225-5187
Office fax number: 860-826-4994


 P.O.Box 895
New Britain, CT 06050

Web Site: http://www.prudencecrandall.org
Last updated on July 21, 2014

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