Stop Violence Against Women

March 14, 2016

I was proud to join State Rep. William Tong, Senator Eric D Coleman, Sen. Mae Flexer, legislators and advocates at a press conference calling for the passage of legislation created to reduce violence against women and human trafficking.

As legislators we have a duty to do everything we can to keep people safe. As a woman, I am wholeheartedly supporting this legislation, which will protect women from deplorable situations involving violence, including rape, human trafficking and domestic violence.

  • At least twenty other states, including Massachusetts, Texas, Utah and New York, have passed legislation authorizing or requiring the surrender of firearms at the ex parte stage.
  • Nationally, domestic assaults involving firearms are 12 times more likely to result in fatal violence than those involving other weapons or bodily harm.
  • Women in abusive relationships are 5 times more likely to be killed if their abuser has access to a firearm.
  • Connecticut averaged 14 intimate partner homicides per year from 2000 to 2012 and firearms were used in 39 percent of those 188 homicides, making them the most commonly used weapon to commit intimate partner homicide in Connecticut.

Press Release: TONG, SIMMONS, COLEMAN, FLEXER CALL FOR PASSAGE OF BILL TO PREVENT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, EXPLOITATION