Welcome to New Horizons.

I am Denetra McBride, Director of New Horizons. Our knowledgeable and experienced team is excited to support and empower victims and survivors of domestic violence in Middlesex County. Please explore our site to learn about all of the services we offer and how you can get involved. Thank you for your interest in our mission and your support in working to end domestic violence.

We have been serving Middlesex County for 40 years with:

  • A 24 hour hotline
  • Emergency shelter
  • Court advocacy and support
  • Individual and group therapy and counseling
  • Community education

Our Mission:

New Horizons works to end the cycle of abuse and break the silence of domestic violence. Through victim defined advocacy and a trauma informed approach, our advocates strive to provide services to victims of abuse tailored around each individual’s unique situation. We believe that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect regardless of their race, gender and sexual orientation, all while achieving individualized success and empowerment, leading to a brighter tomorrow.

Our History

New Horizons has been assisting victims of domestic violence in Middlesex County for 40 years. New Horizons operates a 24/7 emergency shelter for victims and their families as part of a comprehensive approach to helping over 1,000 women, children, and men every year. We also provide community education, support groups and individual counseling, court advocacy, a confidential hotline service, and consultation to Community Health Center, Inc.’s clinical provider teams. New Horizon is part of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence where they advocate for ongoing advancement of legislation and policy that protect the health and interests of women.

New Horizons is a program of the Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC). The relationship began when victim’s partner found the original safe house and lit it on fire. No one was injured, but the structure burnt to the ground, leaving victims of abuse with no place to go in times of emergency. CHC stepped in to keep the shelter running. With the support of Middlesex Hospital, Middletown Police Department, CT Valley Hospital, and Senator Christopher Dodd, the Community Health Center, Inc. wrote a grant and raised funds to have the ability to provide a safe and healthy environment for victims of domestic violence.