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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 >
One in three teens nationwide reports being physically, sexually or emotionally hurt by their partner, while right here in Connecticut 17% of high school students report being emotionally abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend and 8% report being physically hurt. And yet very few teens who have been abused ever tell someone, sometimes out of shame or embarrassment and sometimes because they simply cannot find the words to explain the uneasy feeling they have about their relationship.
Today, as part of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) launched an update teen dating violence awareness mobile app – td411. Designed specifically for teens, this app gives them the “411” on healthy relationships and teen dating violence.
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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.