Alexander Cuda receives YMCA Purple Ribbon Award for his work with Domestic Violence Victims
Please join Needle | Cuda in congratulating our Attorney Alexander Cuda - 2020 Recipient of the Greenwich, CT YMCA's Purple Ribbon Award; For his Outstanding Commitment to the the victims of domestic violence. Please view his acceptance video.
YWCA Greenwich is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Through leadership, innovative programs, services and educational opportunities, YWCA Greenwich is a driving force for a healthier, safer and more equitable community.
Criminal and Civil Court Services
Navigating the criminal and family court processes can be intimidating and confusing. The Greenwich YMCA Domestic Abuse Services staff help you better understand these systems and can advocate with other service providers on your behalf.
Criminal Court Advocacy:
When a domestic violence arrest has been made, the Family Violence Victim Advocate provides support for the victim with navigating the criminal court process, including:
Preparation for hearings and court accompaniment
Speaking on record on behalf of the victim
Monitoring and notifying the victim of updates about the case
YWCA Advocates offer guidance in preparing an application for a civil restraining order and providing safety planning and support around obtaining, serving and implementation of the order.
Clients learn to navigate and use the various public service systems available to them through referrals and collaborative advocacy. Policy work includes advocacy at the local, state and national level regarding legislation and policies around improving services and protection for victims of domestic violence.
Civil Legal Clinic:
Victims of domestic violence often lack the guidance needed to navigate civil legal matters, like divorce and child custody. Victims also often lack the financial resources to hire an attorney to represent them. The Clinic, which is run by volunteer attorneys, serves victims who are receiving other domestic abuse services at YWCA Greenwich.
YWCA Greenwich cares for individuals and families facing domestic violence.
YWCA Greenwich is the only state-designated provider of domestic abuse services in Greenwich with staff who are licensed to provide a variety of victim services, including immediate crisis intervention to help victims cope with physical, emotional and psychological trauma from abuse. Our trained counselors are ready to listen and provide support and guidance.
For immediate assistance, or to schedule an appointment, call our hotline (203-622-0003)
Counselors are available 24/7 for crisis, advocacy with law enforcement and other providers, or for general support and information. During business hours, walk-ins are welcome.
YWCA Greenwich domestic abuse services include:
Jennifers' Law Offers Domestic Violence Victims New Protections in Connecticut
Attorney Alexander Cuda (Partner at Needle|Cuda: Divorce and Family Law) was interviewed in this in-depth news story covering the Implementation of Jennifers' Law (a law named after both Jennifer Farber Dulos and Jennifer Magnano -- two, highly publicized victims who lost their lives to Domestic Violence in Connecticut.)
Attorney Alexander Cuda, Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association's Family Law Section.
Jennifers' Law was signed by Governor Lamont in June of 2021. Jennifers' Law provides expanded protections for victims of domestic violence who file for restraining orders against their abusers. The law is meant to create a more efficient process for potential victims, but faces the immediate challenge of immense back-logs and scheduling delays plaguing the Connecticut Family Court system due to Covid-19. Over the last eighteen (18) months Connecticut Family Courts had limited operation (prioritizing emergency matters); modified their rules and procedures; and grappled with inherent technical and practical complications of hearing certain matters virtually (via video conferencing). Simply put, it is very difficult to get matters scheduled in front of Connecticut Family Court Judges.
While emergency motions like restraining orders and custody applications are going through more quickly, it will take longer to see how Jennifers' Law plays into complex custody and divorce cases, according to Divorce and Family Law Attorney Alex Cuda. That’s because of a serious case backlog due to that COVID-19 pandemic.“It’s been very much been a challenge for litigants, for lawyers, for the courts to be able to hear pending claims in a timely fashion," said Cuda, "so in terms of protecting people with Jennifer’s Law, that’s a significant concern in terms of its implementation.”Cuda said the Connecticut Bar and the CT Judicial Branch are working together to find ways to alleviate the log jam.“It’s a shame to see that law or any law not be able to protect people the way it’s intended just because somebody can’t get into court. For months and months and months, at this point, it’s dragging on into well over a year in some instances," said Cuda.