Offender Re-Entry and Victim Safety
Over the years, the domestic violence fatalities in Connecticut have revealed that while many victims had contact with the courts or called the police before the fatal incident, most victims who died in situations of intimate partner violence had not reached out to community services for support, counseling or safety planning assistance. To help those victims who may be facing serious risk, CCADV has established a program to reach into communities in Hartford and New Haven to connect with survivors whose offenders are being released from prison or jail. These new efforts include developing partnerships across the criminal justice, corrections, and victim advocacy systems in order to assist survivors and prevent domestic violence.
To help survivors while their abusive partners are incarcerated and when they are being released from jail/prison, CCADV is collaborating with the Department of Correction, CT Board of Pardons and Parole, and the Office of Probation and Parole. The goal of this multi-agency partnership is to:
- Design and implement strategies to assess risk
- Pro-actively address safety needs
- Foster successful community reintegration and family stability
The Re-Entry Project’s initial pilot sites are the cities of Hartford and New Haven. Victim advocates from Interval House in Hartford and The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services in New Haven will coordinate efforts across systems in order to protect victims, their families, and the community and prevent domestic violence particularly during the re-entry period. Participation is victim-centered and available to survivors who want contact with offenders after their release as well as those who do not want contact. In some cases contact may be necessary or required because of child visitation or custody.
Specific efforts to be undertaken include:
- Undertake innovative outreach to connect with underserved victims
- Offer resources and referrals to address safety, trauma, and legal needs
- Provide assistance with planning for personal safety and the safety of children
- Focus agencies on the rights, wishes, and safety needs of survivors
- Advocate for the needs and rights of survivors whose abusers are involved in the criminal justice system
- Train all partners on victim confidentiality
- Improve the oversight and monitoring of offenders post-release
- Track the use of a domestic violence risk assessment tool with offenders
- Train prison, parole and probation officials to communicate and address risks facing victims using a trauma-informed approach
For additional information, please contact Nancy Turner, Offender Risk Reduction Coordinator, at (860) 282-7899 or firstname.lastname@example.org.