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September 27, 2016

New Domestic Violence Law Set to Take Effect October 1st

Beginning October 1st, individuals who have been notified that they are subject to a court-ordered temporary restraining order will no longer be able to possess firearms or ammunition during the days leading up to their hearing. "This new law represents a significant step in Connecticut’s efforts to protect victims of domestic violence at the most dangerous time," said Karen Jarmoc, CCADV chief executive officer. "Women in abusive relationships are five times more likely to be killed if their abuser has access to a gun. Temporarily limiting access to firearms when a victim seeks a restraining order and takes that first step to leave is the right thing to do to protect her or his safety." Download PDF >
September 22, 2016

CCADV Releases Latest Study of Intimate Partner Homicides

Each victim did the best that she or he could to cope with the abuse they suffered – some fled the home, some applied for a restraining order or a divorce, and some sought help from friends and family - but in the end, they still senselessly lost their lives at the hands of their partners. Since 2000, 222 victims have been killed in Connecticut as a result of intimate partner violence, including 190 women (86%) and 32 men (14%). Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) today released Upon Further Examination, the 2015 - 2016 findings and recommendations of the CT Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee (“Committee”), which reviews intimate partner fatalities and near-fatalities to analyze the strengths and challenges of Connecticut’s response to intimate partner violence. Download PDF >
July 14, 2016

New Report Highlights Needs of Asian Survivors of Family Violence

Seeking to improve services to Asian survivors of family violence, Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) today released its new report, Asian Community Work Groups: Exploring Experiences of Family Violence Among Asian Women in Connecticut. The report’s findings and recommendations will assist CCADV and its 18 member organizations in further developing culture specific programming and interventions for Asian survivors and their families. “Connecticut’s Asian population is one of the fastest growing in our state,” said Karen Jarmoc, CCADV Chief Executive Officer. “Meeting the specific needs of this population in a way that is both relevant and effective is an essential aspect of our work. What we learned will provide us with a meaningful avenue to address service barriers and increase available interventions for Asian survivors.” Download PDF >
June 22, 2016

Advocates Focus Efforts on Increasing Capacity of Healthcare Providers to Identify Victims of Domestic Violence

Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) released a report today demonstrating that healthcare providers are receiving increasing amounts of training and education on identifying victims of intimate partner violence, which in turn is increasing referrals to victim services organizations. CCADV was awarded a grant from the Connecticut Department of Social Services in 2015 to administer the statewide Health Professional Outreach Project. The project is designed to provide training and technical assistance related to intimate partner violence to healthcare providers across Connecticut’s health system. In the first year of the grant (July 2015 – June 2016), CCADV trained 805 health professionals over a series of 42 presentations, including 14 in hospital settings. Download PDF >