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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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While we are awaiting additional details about the circumstances surrounding the case, the death of Jacob Lopez this weekend in Bridgeport, for which his girlfriend has been charged, marks Connecticut’s 13th death stemming from intimate partner violence since January 1, 2014. Download PDF >
The murder of Luz Nieves this week in Hartford, for which her ex-boyfriend has been charged, marks Connecticut’s 12th homicide stemming from intimate partner violence since January 1, 2014. “The tragic death of Ms. Nieves reminds us that despite great progress in recent years related to domestic violence laws and policies, we still have much work to do,” said Karen Jarmoc, Chief Executive Officer of Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV). 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.