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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 >
June 14, 2016

New State Standards for Domestic Violence Offender Programs Set to Take Effect July 1st

Beginning on July 1, 2016, certain domestic violence offender programs in Connecticut will have to meet the state’s new Domestic Violence Offender Program Standards. Adopted by the General Assembly in 2015, the new program standards are intended to provide a framework and establish consistency among offender services, ensuring that programs emphasize the accountability of individual offenders. “The standards represent an important opportunity to strengthen offender programming and improve an offender’s skills to support a non-violent lifestyle and engage in healthy relationships,” said Karen Jarmoc, chief executive officer of CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence and co-chair of the Domestic Violence Offender Program Standards Advisory Council (“Council”), which oversees the standards. “We are confident that the standards will increase overall safety for victims and have positive outcomes for offenders.” Download PDF >
May 02, 2016

CCADV Applauds Final Passage of Bill to Protect Victims

Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) applauds final passage by the Connecticut Senate of a bill that protects victims of domestic violence at the most dangerous time. The bill, House Bill 5054, An Act Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence, which passed with bipartisan support, prohibits subjects of temporary restraining orders from possessing firearms or ammunition. This bill now awaits Governor Malloy's signature. "We thank the Senate for passing this commonsense measure 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 >
April 28, 2016

CCADV Applauds House Passage of Bill to Protect Victims

Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) applauds passage by the Connecticut House of Representatives of a bill that protects victims of domestic violence at the most dangerous time. The bill, House Bill 5054, An Act Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence, which passed with strong bipartisan support, prohibits subjects of temporary restraining orders from possessing firearms or ammunition. "This is commonsense policy that protects victims of domestic violence at the most dangerous time - when they are attempting to end an abusive relationship," said Karen Jarmoc, CCADV chief executive officer. "Evidence-based research has demonstrated time and again the lethal combination of domestic violence and firearms. The policy adopted tonight is in keeping with national best practices." Download PDF >