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The death of a young mother in Bridgeport this morning marks Connecticut’s first intimate partner homicide in 2017.
“We are saddened that another life has been taken because of domestic violence, but are grateful that the victim’s daughter has been found,” said Karen Jarmoc, chief executive officer of CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “We urge everyone to be vigilant of the signs that abusive behaviors may be escalating towards fatal violence. We want the public to know that our 18 member organizations are here to help by providing safe, confidential and free services across the state, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.”
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Last year nearly 70% of the more than 1,000 children who stayed in Connecticut’s domestic violence shelters were 6 years old or younger. Improving outcomes for these children and building their resiliency so they may thrive following exposure to domestic violence is explored in a report released today by Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV). Through the Eyes of a Child: Understanding Children’s Experiences in Connecticut Domestic Violence Shelters highlights the experiences of children in shelter, from their own perspective, and how shelter environments can be best positioned to meet their needs. Download PDF >
Connecticut’s domestic violence emergency shelters exceeded capacity throughout fiscal year 2016 (7.1.15 – 6.30.16). Newly released data from Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) shows that 1 in 17 victims seeking assistance from domestic violence providers in Connecticut during FY 2016 were housed in emergency shelter because they faced serious physical danger and had no place safe to go. Over 1,000 children stayed in shelter with a parent. Nearly 70% of those kids were 6 years old or younger.
“The number of domestic violence victims seeking safety in our emergency shelters has grown immensely over the past 8 years,” said Karen Jarmoc, CCADV chief executive officer. “Our shelters were at 57% capacity in FY 2008 and now we’re at 125%. These women, men and very young children have nowhere safe to go. We are continuously viewing strategies to sustain this life-saving service.”
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Today Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) recognized a strong group of male and female leaders from across the state at its 6th Annual First 100 Plus Breakfast & Awards Ceremony. These men and women were recognized for their work at local and state levels to improve outcomes for domestic violence victims and their children. Click here for a complete list of honorees sorted by town.
“These women and men are leading efforts across Connecticut to raise awareness of and prevent domestic violence,” said Karen Jarmoc, CCADV chief executive officer.
“Known for ‘going above and beyond’ in their work with victims, they have each demonstrated a commitment to strengthening policy and practice that ensures the complex needs of victims and their children are met.”
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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.