A bipartisan legislative task force has been convened to formulate Connecticut's response to domestic violence. As more and more families experience unexpected job losses and financial pressures, we have seen an increased need not only for support services, but programs aimed at prevention and early intervention.
The task force is charged with reviewing budget implications related to domestic violence; identifying trends and research pertaining to social conditions, support services, healthy relationships, education, early intervention, court procedures and advocacy, and assembling a set of legislative recommendations on how best to prevent and address family violence and meet the needs of survivors.
Current News & Issues
REP. FLEXER REBUTS NPR REPORT ON BAD BEHAVIOR AT BARS
A recent news story seemed to blame the victims of sex assault for engaging in risky behavior. Following the release the article, Rep. Flexer pointed out to the reporter that we should avoid putting undue blame on both men and women, and explained how 'rape culture' is perpetuated. READ MORE
NEW BILL TO PROTECT COLLEGE WOMEN
An Act Concerning Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus will address issues that came to light on the University of Connecticut campus in 2013. The legislature is supported by every female member of the Connecticut General Assembly. READ MORE
ONE BILLION RISING
Governor Dan Malloy and Representative Mae Flexer (D-Plainfield, Killingly), among others, spoke at the One Billion Rising event in the lobby of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, part of a global event calling on one billion women and allies to demand an end to violence against women. The event, hosted by the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Planned Parenthood, included the reading of the spoken word poem "Rising" and a flash mob with participants from around the state.
V-Day (February 14) is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls using a variety of performance and visual mediums. The movement started in 1998 in response to Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BILL HELPS POLICE, VICTIMS
House Speaker Christopher G. Donovan (D-Meriden) says the bill approved by the House gives police officers new tools for responding to incidents of domestic violence, and strengthens the enforcement of restraining orders for victims.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS UNACCEPTABLE
House Speaker Christopher G. Donovan testified before the Judiciary Committee Friday on behalf of proposed legislation stemming from the task force he created that would support victims, police officers, advocates and other front-line service providers. "We have seen a lot of progress, but tragically, domestic violence continues to plague families in all of our communities," he said.
TASK FORCE PROPOSES CHANGES TO POLICE PROCEDURES
Rep. Flexer announced the Domestic Violence Task Force's 2012 recommendations today. READ MORE