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Larson to Host Talks on Domestic Violence, Debt

HARTFORD — Congressman John B. Larson (D-Conn.) on Feb. 19 will join the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence and CT Sexual Assault Crisis Services along with state leaders for a roundtable discussion on the Violence Against Women Act  at the State Capitol.

Other representatives expected at the event include State Rep. Mae Flexer,(D-Killingly and Plainfield) Connecticut Chief State’s Attorney Kevin T. Kane and Office of Policy Management Under Secretary Mike Lawlor.

VAWA provides programs and services that have successfully lowered the rate of domestic violence nationwide, expired at the end of 2012.

Larson, an original cosponsor of VAWA, has called on the U.S. House of Representatives to vote on and reauthorize VAWA following its passage in the U.S. Senate.

Later that day, Larson will host a community forum on the sequester at Manchester Community College. The sequester, originally enacted in 2011, is a series of across-the-board spending cuts to our military, law enforcement, education programs and more that will go into effect in March if Congress is unable to work together over the next few weeks. Congressman Larson will share the latest information from Washington before taking questions from the audience.

Both events are free and open to the public.

CT Sexual Assault Crisis Services


What:   Roundtable Discussion on Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

Legislative Office Building, Room 1B, Hartford, CT 06106


When:  Tuesday, February 19th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


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Hartford Police Arrest Local Man for Domestic Violence

HARTFORD — Hartford Police captured a local man wanted for holding his pregnant girlfriend for days earlier this month.

Police arrested Veron Lloyd, 23, last week in the area of 100 West St. and charged him with unlawful restraint, first degree assault, third degree assault of a pregnant woman, second degree threatening,  harassment and violation of probation.

Lloyd, who is in custody with a $2.25 million bond, has an extensive criminal history.

Chief James Rovella praised his officers for the investigation and “quick turnaround.”

Detectives of the HPD’s Major Crimes Division, with the assistance of the FBI Northern Connecticut Violent Crime Gang Task Force, the Hartford Fugitive Task Force the Hartford Shooting Task Force and the HPD Patrol Division are

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Gov Signs New Laws To Protect Abused Victims

HARTFORD — Victims of Domestic Violence now have three more laws to ensure  support and safety from their predators.

Flanked by domestic abuse victim advocates at the Connecticut Coalition on Domestic Violence office in East Hartford, Gov. M. Jodi Rell  signed three bills into law to “create broader protections for victims of domestic violence.” 

These laws, the governor said,  inlcude electronic monitoring of violent offenders and greater awareness of teen dating violence, sweeping reforms the  said will help prevent abuse and provide support and safety for victims in the “darkest moments.”

The centerpiece of the reforms is House Bill 5497, An Act Concerning the Recommendations of the Speaker of the House of Representatives’ Task Force on Domestic Violence, which addresses numerous programs in criminal justice, social services and education.  The legislation resulted from a bipartisan task force formed by Speaker of the House Christopher Donovan. 

The law includes a pilot program in which the high-risk offenders are electronically monitored and requires the Judicial Branch to apply for federal grants to fund the program. It also expands information and disclosure requirements for family intervention units, courts and the Department of Children and Families and allows the Chief Court Administrator to establish domestic violence dockets in three geographical areas. In addition, it expands the persistent offender law for crimes involving assault, trespass, threatening, harassment and violation of restraining or protective order and allows courts to consider the convictions for essentially the same crimes in other states. All provisions take effect Oct. 1,  with the exception of the electronic monitoring funding, which is effective upon passage.

The Governor also signed House Bill 5246, An Act Concerning the Protection of and Services for Victims of Domestic Violence. The law makes it easier for tenants who are victims of family violence to terminate their rental agreement without penalty, creates a public service awareness campaign to prevent teen dating violence and mandates the state Department of Social Services to make payments from marriage license surcharges to domestic violence shelters. This will be effective Oct. 1, except for marriage license surcharge funds and public service campaign, which are effective July 1.

House Bill 5315, An Act Concerning Education and the Reduction of Domestic Violence. The law requires school boards to offer training on preventing teen dating violence to employees as part of the health education information they must provide.  This bill will was effective on July 1.

Rell said the state has already dedicated more than $2 million in federal stimulus funds over the last year for a variety of domestic violence programs. Most recently, the state awarded $140,000 in stimulus funds to the Judicial Branch to start a GPS monitoring program for domestic violence offenders in Bridgeport, Danielson and Hartford.  The funds will be used to purchase the monitoring service plus some equipment for a minimum of 21 high risk offenders.  The offenders will be identified by the Courts.

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Bill Mandates GPS Monitoring of Abusers

HARTFORD —  A bill allowing Connecticut’s Judicial Branch to select three courts to electronically monitor certain domestic violence offenders has passed a legislative hurdle.

The proposed pilot program is part of a package of domestic violence reforms that passed the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee on Friday.  

Domestic violence is a major issue during this year’s General Assembly session. It comes in the wake of some high-profile cases where women were killed, allegedly at the hands of their estranged husbands.

The bill also allows the Judicial Branch to expand the number of specialized court dockets that specialize in domestic violence cases.

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Domestic Violence Advocates Lobby For Tougher Laws

HARTFORD — Domestic Violence advocates are asking lawmakers to change the law so that people who violate protective orders are ordered to wear a GPS monitoring device.

The call to toughen the law comes on the one year aniversary death of  a University of Hartford graduate student, Tiana Notice.

Notice was a victim of domestic violence when she was stabbed to death on Valentine’s Day.

Police arrested her ex-boyfriend, James Carter, for her death and also  charged him with violating his restraining order.

Notice’s father, Alvin, was at the Capitol today.  He said the written restraining order did nothing for his daughter.
“We need a little bit more than just a piece of paper,”  he said.

State Rep. Ken Green is helping to pass such a bill, which will force those with a protective order to wear a GPS device, which will alert probation officers of their location.

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Black Women Bear Brunt of Domestic Violence

LeAnna M. Washington is busy at work these days like many of her colleagues in the state senate, looking to push through Pennsylvania’s budget, finally freeing needed dollars to strapped social service agencies that aid the most vulnerable.

Washington once was among them.

Well before she was called “senator,” looking to right wrongs, she was called “Cookie,” looking for love. When she was 18, she figured she found it.She became a married woman, with a black eye as a honeymoon present from her new groom – the first of many.

“It was the big secret,” Washington told BlackAmericaWeb.com. “But women being beaten was not unfamiliar to me. And I got used to being beaten.”

As have many black women across the country.

While the sensational incident between pop stars Rihanna and Chris Brown recently snagged headlines and electrified airwaves, the struggle against domestic violence among African-Americans is an age-old and often silent battle. Those fighting to end it hope the spotlight from Domestic Violence Awareness Month will draw recruits.

It’s not just about donning purple ribbons or playing celebrity public service announcements. It’s about absorbing the reality that close to five in every 1,000 black women aged 12 and up are victims of domestic violence, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. It’s understanding that among those abused aged 15 to 34, murder by a husband or boyfriend remains a leading cause of death.

More importantly, it’s about actively working on changing those outcomes, said Dr. Oliver J. Williams, executive director of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African-American Community.

“We have to figure out ways for our communities to own it,” Williams said. “We have to devise ways to get communities to see what actions and activities they can do to be engaged and involved, to develop solutions to it.”

First observed in October 1987, Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from a single day of unity to a month-long endeavor to spotlight a social condition that was considered taboo for polite conversation.

Verbal, sexual and physical abuse are forms familiar to a large swath of black females. Historically so, Williams said. These are the scars of slavery, lack of education, discrimination, unemployment and other frustrations that have been exacerbated among African-Americans.

Poverty tends to be an indicator for abuse, though violence is not confined to one social class. The difference is having options and resources to escape – options not always afforded by those struggling to survive day-to-day. Feeling trapped leads many women to stay put – and in peril.

For Washington, those days seem like a lifetime ago, but the memories still make her cringe.

Like when she and her young children would barricade themselves inside a bedroom, dresser against the door, and remain huddled together until they heard her husband’s truck pull away in the morning.

Or the time she tried to exact revenge after a beating by tossing a pot of boiling water at him, and instead he dumped the hot water on her.

Or the day he unexpectedly stepped in puppy feces, dragged her to the spot, twisted her arm and shoved her face in the smelly mess.

But the beatings were the constant, followed by the apologies, the promises to change. Until the next beating.

“A lot of people ask me to come and share my story,” Washington said. “The toughest woman will stop and pay attention, and that’s because it’s not just unique to me. We all know this story, but just with different players.

“Sometimes I laugh when I hear myself repeating the stories, asking myself, ‘Why did I take that?’ But it was real life. And it happens all the time.”

And cycles continue, through generations. Boys watch daddy pummel mommy and start practicing their shoves on sisters and cousins. Shoves elevate to punches, now foisted on girlfriends and wives. To curb that cyclical violence, prevention education emphasis is falling to not just entangled adults or even teenagers, but to elementary school students, where impressions begin.

“We don’t always want to equate domestic violence in other conversations we have, like HIV/AIDS, housing, unemployment,” Williams said. “Even if it’s not called ‘domestic violence,’ it’s present. It’s a challenge for us to get our heads around. But we need to look at it from a holistic perspective of making sure our community is healthy.”

He has seen advances in his 30-plus years as an advocate. From literature to counselors that reflect the African-American, and later, the Latino and Asian and Pacific Islander, experience, he can document progress.

In 1993, he and his cohorts were pioneers in tailoring domestic violence prevention efforts for African-American audiences. Today, they find themselves in the company of others, community efforts taking root from Atlanta to Los Angeles, with successes budding, lives being saved.

But it’s still not completed work. Shelters have been a good start and a proven method for some, but may not be the most accessible outlet for every woman. African-Americans still need to dig deeper, look at barriers raised by class and culture and develop their own networks and remedies to address them, he said.

And while wider society is beginning to accept and support those trying to survive abuse, the National Women’s Law Center reported in 2008 that in nine states – Arkansas, Idaho, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming – and the District of Columbia, it is legal to reject survivors of domestic violence for individual health care coverage, citing the abuse as a “pre-existing condition.”

On many fronts, it’s still part education, part action in the battle against domestic abuse.

Washington is working on both ends. On Oct. 24, she will host her second walk in Philadelphia to raise money for the hotlines in the area that direct women in need to crises support services, a lifeline for many fleeing for their lives.

She suffered her abuser for nine years, but it wasn’t until 14 years later that she recognized and understood what she had endured. Once she did, she began speaking out.

Washington will continue to do so, urging other women to chose other options.

She is still “Cookie” to those who knew her when, and “senator” for those who know her now. But she is a victim no more.

Today, Washington is known as an advocate, a voice, a survivor. And more than anything, she hopes other women will walk alongside her, not just this October, but every day.

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