HARTFORD, CONN.-- Gov. Dannel Malloy joined with a group of legislators and advocates for the ceremonial signing of a new package of laws that expand protections for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
The legislative package impacts a number of aspects within the state’s criminal justice system, including housing issues and judicial services. Among these are:
- Requiring probation officers to provide notice of suspected probation violations assigned to victim advocates.
- Requiring state courts to maintain separate, secure rooms in certain courthouses to be utilized privately by survivors and victim advocates.
- Permitting a sexual assault survivor to terminate a rental agreement without penalty under some circumstances.
- Requiring the judicial branch to develop a plan to include temporary financial support as part of the relief available to domestic violence survivors through the civil restraining order.
- Requiring the judicial branch to make the family violence training program for judges, judicial branch personnel and court clerks available to guardians ad litem.
“Over the past several years, our state has made a number of alterations to how we respond to domestic violence, recognizing that when a person is faced with this matter, it impacts almost every aspect of their lives,” Malloy said in a statement. “While we've made great strides in improving services, we can do more – not only within our criminal justice system, but also with other matters, such as housing and financial issues. These are all parts of a much bigger system that only works best when they are coordinated to work together.”