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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.

CCADV Connections

Connections is a quarterly newsletter developed by CCADV's Law Enforcement Coordinator for Connecticut's domestic violence and law enforcement communities. It highlights much of the great work being done as a result of the partnership between law enforcement, CCADV and our member agencies.

Fall 2013   Summer 2013   Spring 2013

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 April 2015 the program has been expanded to include 15 CCADV member programs and 50 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
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.
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.
Prudence Crandall Center New Britain
  • Berlin Police Dept.
  • Plainville Police Dept.
  • Bristol 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.
  • Stonington Police Dept.
  • Groton Long Point Police Dept.
Safe Haven of
Greater Waterbury
  • Watertown Police Dept.
  • Waterbury Police Dept.
  • Naugatuck Police Dept.
The Center for Family Justice Eastern
Fairfield County
  • Fairfield Police Dept.
  • Monroe Police Dept.
  • Easton Police Dept.
Women's Center Danbury
  • Newtown Police Dept.
  • Danbury Police Dept.
  • Brookfield Police Dept.
  • Redding Police Dept.
  • Ridgefield Police Dept.
  • Western CT State University Police Dept.
  • Bethel Police Dept.
The Network Enfield
  • Windsor Locks Police Dept.
Domestic Violence
Crisis Center
  • Norwalk Police Dept.
  • Wilton Police Dept.
  • Westport Police Dept.
  • New Canaan Police Dept.
Domestic Violence
Crisis Center
  • Darien Police Dept.

Domestic Violence Program/
United Services, Inc.

  • Coventry Police Dept.
  • UConn Police Dept.

Domestic Violence Program/
United Services, Inc.

  • Plainfield Police Dept.

Meriden/Wallingford Chrysalis

  • Wallingford 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.