Overview of Services

24 Hour Emergency Hotline: Chrysalis offers hotline services that are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. By calling our hotline you are getting in contact with a certified Domestic Violence Counselor that can advocate for shelter space, provide information and referrals to services, provide counseling, safety plan and provide crisis intervention.

PLEASE CALL OUR HOTLINE AT 203-631-8422 or Hotline 888-774-2900 (English) or 844-831-9200 (Español)

Emergency Shelter: Our program provides emergency shelter for anyone displaced from their homes due to domestic violence. This service is provided to men, women and families. Our shelter is a 15 bed shelter program in a confidential location. During the time spent with us, our residents are assigned primary advocates and have access to individual counseling, legal assistance, housing assistance, support groups and referrals to mental health professionals, legal-aid services and other services.  For more information on emergency shelter call our hotline.

Individual and Group Counseling: Chrysalis hosts a variety of support groups and individual counseling sessions.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic  Chrysalis will offer to provide services virtually or in person. Invidual meetings will be held by appointment only at our “main office” located at  14 W. Main St.  Meriden CT 06451 for victims of domestic violence . Please call  203-630-1638 to inquire about services.

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.

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 203-631-8422 or contact the office of the Family Violence Victim Advocate at 203-238-6140 ext. 4054.

Civil-Legal 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.

Transitional Living:

Blooms Place is a transitional housing program (TLP) hosted by Chrysalis. At Bloom’s Place, residents live in a communal environment in one house. Each family has its own bedroom space, but bathrooms, kitchens and common areas are shared. All utilities are paid by Chrysalis, and residents have free use of a washing machine and dryer. Monthly program fees are calculated at 30% of total income. Staff is on-site to provide support and assistance. Transitional Housing gives anyone that has been made homeless due to domestic violence or sexual assault, with some financial independence, the opportunity to thrive independently and still receive more support from our program. It is the bridge between shelter and independent living.  Individuals and Families can stay from 6 – 24 months.

For more information and to submit an application click 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.

Community Education/Real Strength: Prevention starts with the individual and community education. Chrysalis hopes to educate our community on domestic violence, its effects, prevention and services. We provide education geared towards a male audience where we explore what “Real Strength” actually is as well as general presentations as well. If you would like a representative to present to your organization, please feel free to call our main office at 203-630-1638.