The Center for Empowerment and Education

In January of 2007, Western Connecticut State University and The Center for Empowerment and Education, formerly The Women’s Center of Greater Danbury, solidified a partnership by signing an agreement for the Center to provide domestic violence and sexual assault outreach services to the WCSU community.


We are currently working remotely until February 1st, 2022. We are offering services to new or returning clients. To schedule an appointment for counseling or to connect with an advocate, please email our Campus Counselor/Advocate, Rachel Krehel, at For any other questions or inquiries, please contact our Director of Campus Services, Cara Mackler, at Our 24-hour confidential hotlines are also available at 203-731-5204 and 203-731-5206. Make sure to follow us on Instagram @thecentereecampus.


The Center staff are a free and confidential resource for individuals of any gender identity on and off campus who have experienced or are experiencing dating/domestic violence or sexual violence or any other major life transitions. The Center staff are not mandated to report disclosures to any other office on campus, including the Title IX office. Our office on campus is located in White Hall 003A.

  • Direct Services
    • Individual Counseling
      • Our counselors are certified in the state of Connecticut to work with primary and secondary victims of domestic violence, dating abuse and sexual assault.
    • Crisis Intervention and Advocacy
    • Support Groups
    • Information and Referrals
      • Counselor/Advocates can refer and connect individuals to campus and community resources when appropriate.
    • 24-Hour Hotlines:
      • Sexual Assault – (203) 731-5204
      • Domestic Violence – (203) 731-5206
  • Education, Training & Outreach on topics surrounding interpersonal violence.
    • Education programs for students
    • Trainings for staff/faculty
    • Awareness Events/outreach
  • 24-Hour Hotlines:
    • Sexual Assault – (203) 731-5204
    • Domestic Violence – (203) 731-5206

**All services are CONFIDENTIAL & NO COST and open to anyone of any gender identity


The Center for Empowerment and Education
2 West Street
Danbury, CT 06810
Crisis Intervention, Counseling, Advocacy, Information and Referral, Educational/Training Programs
Center Helpline: 203-731-5200