Domestic Violence and Divorce with Marielynn Herrera

  Marielynn Herrera talks about different types of abuse, how power & control are central to abusers, the importance of having a safety plan when leaving and/or proceeding with divorce, legal protections available to victims and where to get help.

Marielynn Herrera talks about different types of abuse, how power & control are central to abusers, the importance of having a safety plan when leaving and/or proceeding with divorce, legal protections available to victims and where to get help.

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About Marielynn Herrera

Marielynn Herrera-Urquidez has worked with the Domestic Violence Crisis Center since April 2015.  She began her tenure as a Family Violence Victim Advocate for the Stamford Court, then became the organization’s Coordinator of the Center for Legal Services and DVCC 360 in January 2017.  Prior to this, Marielynn has been an AmeriCorps member in New Hampshire under the Victim Assistance Program for domestic and sexual violence survivors.  While there, she worked at the Stafford County Supervised Visitation and Exchange Center, whose target population consists of people who have suffered domestic or sexual violence, stalking and child abuse. 

The Domestic Violence Crisis Center has served Fairfield County for more than 35 years, providing those impacted by domestic violence with legal services, financial and housing advocacy, SafeHouses, counseling, and children’s services. Our professional and specially trained staff – counselors, attorneys and court victim advocates - work closely with victims and their families at six physical sites - two SafeHouses, two courthouses and two DVCC offices - to help ensure their safety and provide them a broad spectrum of care and support. Advocates also meet with victims at other sites such as hospitals and police stations. Our EsperanzaCT Center for Latina Services provides all of these services in Spanish, along with a dedicated website and phone line for the Spanish-speaking community.

Each year, more than 3,000 people benefit from DVCC’s services.

Plus – prevention and education being key elements to eradicating domestic violence – the agency’s excellent PeaceWorks programs each year reach more than 20,000 students in school classrooms and beyond.

DVCC is the only domestic violence agency serving the communities of Stamford, Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, Darien, Wilton and Weston.

For more information on the Domestic Violence Crisis Center visit dvccct.org for information in English, or esperanzact.org for Spanish.