July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 Report

CT + DV
Service Statistics

 
Please note that these numbers only represent those victims who sought services at our member agencies and do not represent the total number of individuals victimized by domestic violence in Connecticut.

That number is far greater.

 

38,789 victims received aid from one of our 18 Member Organizations this year.

Some of this fluctuation is likely due to the pandemic - with schools and after-school programs closed, fewer children participated in community-based services and events. yet isolation and pandemic-related financial stressors likely resulted in more requests for help from adult victims.

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This past year our most requested services were:

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1. Housing Needs and Concerns for Short & Long-Term Solutions

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2. Intervention w/ Employer, Creditor, Landlord, School

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3. Childcare
Assistance & Coordination of Services

this past fiscal year our shelters ran at
156% capacity.

 
 

Housing: Support increased 6% last year.

2,950 victims & children were housed this past year. Shelters operated at 156% capacity throughout the year and the average amount of time that a victim remained in shelter was 51.1 days. 

Did you know the average age of a child in housing is 6.4?

 

Children living in Connecticut’s domestic violence shelters and other housing programs want one thing: TO FEEL SAFE.

 
For them, this means suitable space for their family, advocates to connect with them, toys to play with and call their own and access to technology. Home should be your safe space. Check out our Through the Eyes of a Child Report to learn more about the impact of domestic violence on children.
 
Requests for safe, affordable housing solutions remain one of the most needed services among survivors while also being one of the most costly needs to meet.
 

Domestic Violence

Rapid Rehousing

CCADV administers Connecticut’s domestic violence and human trafficking rapid re-rehousing program aimed at diverting homelessness specifically among survivors.

705 Victims served (281 Adults and 424 Children) receiving case management & either housed or in the housing search process.

Finding a Safe Place

To Call Home

Federal rapid rehousing funding supports short- and long-term rental subsidies and housing location services so that survivors can find the best housing option for themselves and their children.

Speak with an Advocate About Your Options

Ongoing Support

& Services

Survivors stay connected to domestic violence advocates at CCADV’s 18 member organizations who provide ongoing trauma-informed, victim-centered support and services.

Speak with an Advocate About Your Options

Healing & Rebuilding

To Move Forward

Advocates work with survivors on rebuilding self-esteem, developing essential life skills, and establishing financial independence by supporting survivors goals to increase income and self-sufficiency.

Speak with an Advocate About Your Options
 

Because of CCADV'S DV Rapid Re-Housing Program:

99%

exited to a positive destination

74%

went on to pay their own rent

14%

received a permanent subsidy

100%

stated their kids felt safer

 

$250 covers the cost
of one night for a victim + child in A shelter.

Home should be your safe space.

Learn more about opportunities to donate to help ensure no one lives in fear. 
 

COURT:
32,225 victims

were served by CCADV that involved in criminal and civil court cases were provided with counseling, safety planning, guidance related to the court process, and information & referrals this year.
 

you are
NOT ALONE.

there are always options.


Speak with an advocate at Safe Connect
 
 

Fatality Review

309 lives were lost IN CT From 2000 - 2021  from intimate partner homicides

 

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86% of the IPV Homicide Victims in Connecticut are  women  & 14% were  men 

 

 

 
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Honoring
Victims

Each year in Connecticut an average of 14 individuals have their lives taken by their intimate partner. The vast majority of these homicide victims are women (87%) and all have their lives abruptly ended because their partner or former partner felt entitled to exert final and permanent control over them.

Few of these victims had ever touched Connecticut’s domestic violence service system. Each loss of life is a tragic reminder that more must be done to ensure that no victim feels alone and that everyone knows that help is available.

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Offender 
Relationship

For intimate partner homicides between 2000 - 2021:

  • 38% were killed by a current spouse
  • 23% were killed by a dating partner
  • 19% were killed by an intimate partner with whom they were currently living with
  • 11% were killed by a former dating partner
  • 8% were killed by the other parent of their child (not married or living together)
  • 2% were killed by a former spouse
  • 1% unknown
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Cause of Death

Firearms are the single most commonly used weapon in intimate partner homicides in Connecticut. 74% of intimate partner murder/suicides involve use of a firearm.

Between 2000 - 2021:

  • 40% of intimate partner homicide involved a firearm
  • 33% involved a knife or sharp object
  • 11% involved strangulation or asphyxiation
  • 8% involved blunt force trauma
  • 5% involved physical force with hands, fists or feet
  • 3% other (e.g., automobile, fire, etc.)
  • <1% unknown

Individuals, mostly women, between the ages of 25 - 44 make up nearly half of all intimate partner homicide victims in Connecticut.

National Services Statistics

Data helps shed light on the pervasive nature of domestic violence. Learn more about the reach of this true public health crisis that knows no boundaries. Sources via national surveys & the CDC.

23.2%

or 1 in 4 women have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

13.9%

or 1 in 7 men have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

9.7%

or 1 in 10 women have experienced stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

2.3%

or 1 in 43 men have experienced stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

6%

or 1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year. 90% of them are eyewitnesses to this violence.

53%

of women lost their jobs due to a workplace disruption caused by their abuser. (Concluded by a 2018 national survey.)

 

CT SAFE CONNECT 

our 24/7 HELP HOTLINE, HAS CONNECTED 28,094 People TO ADvocates FOR SUPPORT. 

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1. Housing
Needs

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2. Financial
Assistance

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3. Work
Concerns

Were the most requested services this year

 

CT Safe Connect is the best way we can reach victims 
AND help in the fight against domestic violence.
SUPPORT OUR WORK + DONATE NOW.

 
 

We are equipping responders to reach victims in crisis

View the LAP Report

 

How the Lethality Assessment Program Works

Trained police on the scene of a domestic violence call assess a victim’s risk for serious injury or death AND CAN immediately link those at greatest risk to their local domestic violence advocate for support and safety information.

 

100% of Connecticut’s law enforcement voluntarily adopted LAP into their department’s response to family violence policies.

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lethality screens conducted

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or 22,739 screens were considered high danger

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or 14,633 high danger victims spoke with a counselor

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or 13,906 high danger victims who spoke with a counselor followed up for services

CT remains the only state in the country to have full participation in LAP by all state and municipal police departments.

 

 

As long as DV exists no one wins.

The statewide implementation of LAP has opened greater opportunities to identify some of the most dangerous abusive behaviors victims are experiencing. Connecticut law enforcement continues to lead the nation in helping victims of intimate partner violence assess their potential danger.

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