CDF is a social justice non-profit organization providing services in church and non-church settings. Services specific to church settings include training for pastors and leaders, women’s conferences, girl’s outreach, and speaking engagements. General services include social interventions for child abuse, domestic violence, social assaults, and human traffickings such as counselling, advocacy, and training, migrant services, rehabilitation for human trafficking, youth interventions, and research.
CDF was officially registered in 2008 but came out of community advocacy work done by our founder, Ms. Diana Shaw, to advance the welfare of women and children in Belize since 2000. Ms. Shaw is an attorney-at-law and legal consultant by profession and has used her abilities to support the protection of women and children in governmental, judicial, religious, and non-religious settings to support legal and policy reforms, research, preaching, teaching, training, and skills-building initiatives.
CDF emphasizes public education, advocacy, rehabilitative, and recovery services to survivors and their families. In addition, capacity-building support to stakeholders and partners.
The CDF team has expanded to include professional counselors, trainers, program support officers, and migration liaison support officers.
The restoration of emotional and physical health to victims so that they can fulfil their developmental potential and live in a community where they are free from re-victimization and where they receive loving, nurturing care and support.
To strengthen the community-based response in Belize to violence against women and girls such as child abuse, child sexual exploitation, human trafficking, and domestic violence through capacity building, awareness-raising activities, and provision of rehabilitative services.