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Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) is calling on the General Assembly to support Governor Dannel P Malloy’s proposal to protect victims of domestic violence by requiring the temporary removal of firearms during temporary, ex parte restraining orders (HB 5054). Pointing to recent guidance from the Battered Women’s Justice Project, advocates warned that other proposals will fail to adequately protect victims.
“Last year some opponents indicated that Connecticut’s risk warrant statute alone provides all of the protection from gun violence that victims of domestic violence need,” said Karen Jarmoc, chief executive officer at CCADV. “We strongly disagree that the risk warrant is the exclusive option for keeping victims of domestic violence safe and urge legislators to support comprehensive protection for victims through temporary restraining orders.”
"This is just commonsense - we should be able to work across party lines on these issues. We should be able to agree that a person with a temporary restraining order should not have a deadly weapon. We are either for protecting victims of domestic violence, or against it," Governor Malloy said. Download PDF >
Today, at the State Legislative Office Building, the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) released a data study on how intervention and support services are being used by domestic violence victims. CCADV will be educating legislators and stakeholders about the trends in the report.
“The data we collected confirmed what we experience daily in calls from victims. There is continued demand for multiple support services for domestic violence victims and their children. We have a statewide network in place to help them, but it is important for the Legislature to evaluate policy and funding to match these trends,” says Karen Jarmoc, Chief Executive Officer of CCADV. Download PDF >
Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) applauds Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s call today to strengthen protections for victims of domestic violence who seek civil restraining orders. The time that a victim is taking steps to leave an abusive relationship is the most dangerous time and a time in which the state has a vested interest to protect them. These unique circumstances call for offering the greatest possible protections to keep victims safe.
“The period immediately following a victim’s application for a restraining order is often the most dangerous time,” said Karen Jarmoc, Chief Executive Officer of CCADV. “The Governor’s proposal to ensure that individuals subject to temporary restraining orders not have access to firearms is good public policy to protect victims.” Download PDF >
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 >
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.