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Law Enforcement Initiative

Law enforcement’s response to domestic violence is critical to our mission at CCADV. Many times a victim’s first contact with police will determine whether they will continue on to get assistance from trained domestic violence advocates. The partnership between law enforcement, CCADV and our 18 member agencies has been strong and we continue to work together to bring the best practices for the police response to domestic violence to Connecticut.

CCADV receives funds from the U.S. Office on Violence Against Women Services, Training, Officers and Prosecutors (OVW STOP) to support the development of the Law Enforcement Initiative. The purpose of this project is to provide improved responses to victims of family violence crimes who are involved with law enforcement. These enhanced services represent providing support, information and advocacy services designed to better inform the safety of victims throughout the arrest and prosecution process.

Several goals of the initiative are:

  • increase collaboration and outreach with law enforcement agencies
  • identify lethality assessment tools for law enforcement and domestic violence advocacy agencies
  • develop training and professional opportunities for law enforcement and domestic violence agencies
  • identify an advisory group to identify systemic issues and best practices for law enforcement and
  • develop collaborative relationships, systemic advocacy and policy with law enforcement through training and consultation.

This workgroup will consist of multi-disciplinary professionals who will lend their expertise to ensure project success. The Advisory Committee representatives will include municipal police, state police, POST, and community based organizations.

Our training institute provides free training to law enforcement in various areas related to the police response to domestic violence. In addition, our law enforcement coordinator is available for on-site technical assistance and training.

Connecticut has adopted a statewide model policy that outlines policies, procedures, and guidelines for all law enforcement agencies when police respond to family violence crimes. Additionally, Connecticut statutorily requires each law enforcement agency in the state to designate at least one supervisor as a domestic violence liaison to oversee that agency’s response to domestic violence.

Law Enforcement Partnership Highlights for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Everyday local and state law enforcement strengthen their partnerships with CCADV and our 18 member organizations to better serve victims and their families. During Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October), we want to take time to highlight some of the ways law enforcement are partnering with and supporting their local domestic violence providers and victims.

Wilton Police Benevolent Assoc. Hosts Ride to End Domestic Violence
to support Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC)

Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 7:30pm at JoyRide, Wilton


 Click here for the event flyer.

Canton Police Department

Each week in October, Canton Police Chief, Christopher Arciero, will be posting an article to the police department's website to address various issues related to domestic violence. The series will cover warning signs, risk factors, police officer's role, the court process and more. Be sure to visit the Canton Police Department website and check out the articles!

Old Saybrook Police Department

Old Saybrook Police Chief, Michael Spera, has asked all personnel to wear purple ribbon pins throughout the month to raise awareness. He has also ordered large purple and white ribbons to be placed in front of the building and magnets for all patrol cars.


Darien Domestic Abuse Partnership

DDAP hosted Walk A Mile In Her Shoes 06820 on October 3, 2015 where members of all three fire departments, Post 53 and Darien Police Department walked 1 mile wearing red high heels or red sneakers. Net proceeds will fund awareness, educational and prevention initiatives in Darien and fund victim services provided by DVCC.



Lt. Raymond Osborne, Darien PD

Windham County Courthouse

Staff at the Windham County Courthouse participated in Mudderella on October 3, 2015 to raise money for Futures Without Violence. Click HERE to see more pictures from the event.


CT State Police

The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of State Police, is honoring Domestic Violence Awareness Month by displaying purple magnetic ribbons on all of their marked cruisers. The ribbon states, ‘CSP Cares,” and includes the national DV Hotline number, 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).


Westport Police Department

Westport Police, Westport Domestic Violence Task Force and the Ys Men of Westport Weston joined forces at the Metro-North Westport station to hand out literature from DVCC. Click here to read more.

Middletown Police Department

Middletown Police held the Walk to End Silence to raise awareness about domestic violence following the death of Aaden Moreno in July. All money raised at the walk went to New Horizons Domestic Violence Services. Click here to read more.

Redding Police Department

Redding Police Chief Douglas Fuchs, while attending a national conference in Chicago, wore his purple tie to raise awareness about domestic violence on Purple Tie Tuesday, 10.27.15.


Lethality Assessment Program

The Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) began in Connecticut on September 15, 2012. LAP is an innovative partnership with law enforcement to implement nationally recognized risk assessment strategies to better serve domestic violence victims in the greatest danger.

The program, which is a result of collaboration between CCADV and the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POSTC), was piloted through 8 CCADV member domestic violence service agencies with 14 municipal law enforcement agencies. As of February 2016 the program has been expanded to include 17 CCADV member programs and 76 police departments, including the CT State Police. Please see below for a complete listing of participating agencies and towns.

Modeled after the LAP first piloted in Maryland in 2005, this program is a two-pronged intervention process that makes use of a specialized lethality assessment instrument and an accompanying protocol. Trained police on the scene of a domestic violence call assess a victim's risk for serious injury or death and can then immediately link those at greatest risk to their local domestic violence advocate for support and safety information.

Watch our video about the
Lethality Assessment Program!

List of participating domestic violence agencies and law enforcement agencies:

Domestic Violence Agency Catchment Area Police Department
CCADV Statewide
  • CT State Police
  • Environmental Conservation Police
The Umbrella Center
for Domestic Violence Services
  • Derby Police Dept.
  • Shelton Police Dept.
  • Ansonia Police Dept.
  • Orange Police Dept.
The Umbrella Center
for Domestic Violence Services
Greater New Haven
and Shoreline
  • Southern CT State University Police Dept.
  • North Haven Police Dept.
  • Guilford Police Dept.
  • North Branford Police Dept.
  • East Haven Police Dept.
  • Branford Police Dept.
  • Milford Police Dept.
  • Yale University Police Dept.
Domestic Abuse Services,
YWCA Greenwich
  • Greenwich Police Dept.
Interval House Hartford
  • Manchester Police Dept.
  • West Hartford Police Dept.
  • Canton Police Dept.
  • Rocky Hill Police Dept.
  • Simsbury Police Dept.
  • South Windsor Police Dept.
  • Vernon Police Dept.
  • East Hartford Police Dept.
  • Bloomfield Police Dept.
  • Glastonbury Police Dept.
  • Univ. of Hartford DPS
  • Granby Police Dept.
  • Windsor Police Dept.
Prudence Crandall Center New Britain
  • Berlin Police Dept.
  • Plainville Police Dept.
  • Bristol Police Dept.
  • Plymouth Police Dept.
  • New Britain Police Dept.
Safe Futures New London
  • New London Police Dept.
  • Groton City Police Dept.
  • Norwich Police Dept.
  • Waterford Police Dept.
  • Town of Groton Police Dept.
  • Groton Long Point Police Dept.
  • Mashantucket Tribal Police Dept.
  • Mohegan Tribal Police Dept.
Safe Haven of
Greater Waterbury
  • Watertown Police Dept.
  • Waterbury Police Dept.
  • Naugatuck Police Dept.
  • Wolcott Police Dept.
  • Cheshire Police Dept.
The Center for Family Justice Eastern
Fairfield County
  • Fairfield Police Dept.
  • Monroe Police Dept.
  • Easton Police Dept.
  • Bridgeport Police Dept.
  • Stratford Police Dept.
Women's Center Danbury
  • Newtown Police Dept.
  • Danbury Police Dept.
  • Brookfield Police Dept.
  • Redding Police Dept.
  • Ridgefield Police Dept.
  • Western CT State Univ. Police Dept.
  • Bethel Police Dept.
The Network Enfield
  • Windsor Locks Police Dept.
  • East Windsor Police Dept.
Domestic Violence
Crisis Center
  • Norwalk Police Dept.
  • Wilton Police Dept.
  • Westport Police Dept.
  • New Canaan Police Dept.
  • Weston Police Dept.
Domestic Violence
Crisis Center
  • Darien Police Dept.
  • Stamford Police Dept.

Domestic Violence Program/
United Services, Inc.

  • Coventry Police Dept.
  • UConn Police Dept.
  • Eastern CT State Univ. Police Dept.

Domestic Violence Program/
United Services, Inc.

  • Plainfield Police Dept.
  • Putnam Police Dept.

Chrysalis Domestic Violence Services

  • Wallingford Police Dept.
  • Meriden Police Dept.

New Horizons

  • Old Saybrook Police Dept.

Susan B. Anthony Project

  • Winchester Police Dept.


If you want more information about law enforcement and the services we offer to enhance police response to domestic violence please contact Joe Froehlich, Director of Law Enforcement Services, at (860) 282-7899 or jfroehlich@ctcadv.org.