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The death of Lisa Infante of Shelton at the hands of her husband marks the state’s fourth intimate partner homicide this year. Authorities are reporting that the Infantes were going through a divorce and that two of the couple’s four children were in the house at the time of the homicide.
“This unnecessary death highlights the need for everyone to have increased vigilance about the signs of abusive relationships and knowing where to find help,” said Karen Jarmoc, president and CEO of CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “We are particularly concerned that two of the couple’s children were present at the time of the homicide. Children, no matter how old, are vulnerable to significant trauma when they witness one parent kill another. How the system responds to them following this tragedy will be critical to their ability to cope with the loss.” Download PDF >
The alleged homicide of Aaden Moreno in Middletown on Sunday is a tragedy that had the opportunity to be prevented. As we continue to gather information and understand the facts of this case, what is clear is that increased training regarding the dynamics of domestic violence is justified and needed for our judicial system. Download PDF >
Broadening the state’s ability to protect victims of domestic violence at an incredibly dangerous time, more and more of Connecticut’s law enforcement agencies are utilizing a nationally-recognized risk assessment tool when responding to these calls. As of June 1, 2015, the Lethality Assessment Program is being utilized by over 50% of Connecticut’s law enforcement agencies. Download PDF >
It is alarming how quickly some domestic violence offenders are able to get out of jail after posting bond, sometimes after paying a certain portion of the bond up front, and other times having paid nothing. Today’s announced settlement in a 2010 case involving a domestic violence murder-suicide in West Haven reminds us of the importance of strengthening our laws to protect victims of domestic violence. The offender in the case was released from jail following an arrest for assault on his wife and he returned to their home and killed her less than twelve hours after the arrest. Download PDF >
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.