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The most dangerous time for a victim of domestic violence is when she or he takes steps to end an abusive relationship. It's also when the state must make every effort to protect victims. Unfortunately, Connecticut law leaves a significant gap in the protection of domestic violence victims from potential gun violence. Despite having some of the toughest gun laws in the nation and progressive policies addressing domestic violence, Connecticut does not prohibit people who are the subject of temporary restraining orders from possessing firearms and ammunition. This is an issue the General Assembly should take up in the session that begins Wednesday. Continue Reading >
There's a new statewide hotline for Spanish-speaking victims of domestic violence. Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence already has a phone line that victims can call. It's in English, although there are interpreters available for over 200 languages. Continue Reading >
The biggest police agency in the state will join the local departments that screen domestic violence victims to assess any possible danger they face. The Connecticut State Police this month will begin using the Lethality Assessment Program, called LAP for short, said Dora B. Schriro, commissioner of the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. Continue Reading >
Advocates for victims of domestic violence will introduce on Wednesday a new helpline dedicated to those who speak Spanish. The toll-free hotline — 844-831-9200 — will be answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by certified, family violence counselors who are fluent in both Spanish and English, according to the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Continue Reading >
Connecticut’s leading voice for victims of domestic violence and those agencies that serve them. We are a membership organization of Connecticut’s 18 domestic violence service agencies that provide critical support to victims including safety planning, emergency shelter, court advocacy, counseling and support groups, among other services.