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November 10, 2021

CCADV Statement Regarding Ansonia Domestic Violence Homicide

The Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) is deeply saddened to learn that a woman in Ansonia was the victim of an intimate partner homicide. This marks the 9th known intimate partner homicide in Connecticut this year. "While we do not know any specifics related to this tragic event, what we do know is that nationally an intimate partner homicide or attempted homicide is the first act of violence for between 28-33% of victims," said Meghan Scanlon, President & CEO, CCADV. "Often the behaviors that precede homicide are jealousy, control, and stalking. We urge individuals to consider speaking with an advocate when they begin to experience these coercive behaviors, even before they turn physical." Download PDF >
October 22, 2021

CCADV Statement Regarding West Haven Murder/Suicide

We are deeply saddened to learn of this week's murder/suicide in West Haven. This marks Connecticut's 8th intimate partner homicide this year. The West Haven Police Department reports that the couple had recently ended a long-term dating relationship prior to the homicide of the female victim. “Leaving is the most dangerous time for victims and we encourage anyone with concerns about their own safety or that of a loved one to reach out to Safe Connect or one of CCADV's 18 member organizations," said Meghan Scanlon, President & CEO, Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV). “When a victim takes steps to end a relationship, this is the precise time that an abuser may begin to escalate violence in an attempt to regain control of the victim. Certified domestic violence advocates across the state are available to provide options and resources for staying safe at this critical time." Download PDF >
October 15, 2021

Statement Regarding Arrest in Guilford Homicide

Today's arrest of the husband of a woman murdered in Guilford this past July marks Connecticut's 7th intimate partner homicide this year. Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) and its 18 member organizations urge anyone who is concerned about their own safety or that of a loved one to reach out to Safe Connect, Connecticut's domestic violence resource center. “We want victims to know that they’re not alone and that anyone who suspects that someone they know or love might be in an abusive relationship can reach out and seek advice,” said Meghan Scanlon, President & CEO, CCADV. “Domestic violence is about control and coercion and it often isolates victims from common sources of support such as family and friends. Whether you have questions, need resources, or just want someone who will listen without judgement, Safe Connect advocates are available 24/7.” Download PDF >
September 29, 2021

New Connecticut Restraining Order Law Goes Into Effect 10/1

Each year, advocates, survivors, and supporters recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It serves as an important opportunity to have a coordinated community conversation about domestic violence and raise awareness about the availability of confidential, safe and free services to those in need. Here in Connecticut, a new law will also go into effect, providing victims and survivors with increased options to be safer. Beginning on October 1st, survivors will have the option to apply for a family violence restraining order if they are experiencing coercive control. Signed into law earlier this year by Governor Lamont, this is a critical piece of Public Act 21-78 designed to address the real experiences of survivors with all forms of domestic violence, not just physical abuse. Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) and our 18 member organizations, which led successful passage of the law, will be rolling out training and technical assistance options for advocates, survivors and community partners this fall. "By expanding the definition of family violence in Connecticut’s restraining order statute to address coercive control, we’ll be able to ensure court-ordered relief for the many non-physical tactics abusers use to gain and maintain control over their victims," said Meghan Scanlon, President & CEO, Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV). "As we come to better understand the trauma and paralyzing fear that emotionally and psychologically abusive actions can have on victims, it is essential that our state shift its response and update legal options to reflect that understanding. That's what we've done with this new law." Download PDF >

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