Domestic Violence Bill Passes House

April 30, 2016

They include broader steps authorities can take while serving a temporary restraining order to the accused abuser. After hours of debate Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed HB 5054, An Act Protecting Victims Of Domestic Violence. Under the bill, changes are made to existing laws that will provide added protections. They include broader steps authorities can take while serving a temporary restraining order to the accused abuser. It also shortens the length of time in which a protection order must be served.

Studies show that the days following the issuance of a temporary restraining order are the most dangerous for a victim of domestic violence. In fact, women in abusive relations are five times more likely to be killed if their abuser has access to a firearm. This legislation aims to protect women during this time period.

At least twenty other states have passed similar legislation and it’s time for Connecticut to do the same. As legislators, we have a duty to do everything we can to keep people safe.

Between 2000 and 2012 there were 188 intimate partner homicides in Connecticut. I believe this bill goes a long way in protecting lives, especially women, who are or may become victims of domestic violence. When someone feels threatened enough to obtain a temporary restraining order, it makes sense to protect the person seeking the order. Part of my job as a legislator is to ensure the safety of state residents. This legislation does that.

I am proud to have supported this important, common sense legislation that will protect those in abusive relationships.

The bill will now be sent to the Senate for a vote.