A state legislative task force has released their recommendations to improve Connecticut's response to incidents of domestic violence. WNPR's Ray Hardman has more.
According to the 20 member Speaker's Task Force on Domestic Violence, 50,000 people become victims of domestic violence every year in Connecticut. After hearing three months of testimony from victims, law enforcement officials, court and prison officials, and advocacy groups, the task force has come up with recommendations that they believe will better protect victims, and expedite services to them. Among the recommendations - staffing Domestic Violence shelters around the clock; implementing a GPS monitoring system for the most high risk domestic violence offenders; improving enforcement of protective orders, and better protection for victims while they are at work.
The group also recommended introducing programs that highlights domestic violence and violence in teen dating to school curriculums, and improving information sharing between law enforcement, the judicial system, and the Department of Children and Families. House Speaker Chris Donovan, who created the task force says most of these recommendations can be implemented at little or no additional cost to the state. The task force will continue to hear testimony, and will have further recommendations next year.
For WNPR, I'm Ray Hardman.