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What are some statistics on domestic violence?

Any incident of domestic violence in Connecticut is a serious issue. Law enforcement, legislators and private organizations work tirelessly to protect you from domestic violence. However, despite their best efforts, situations still occur. The Connecticut Collation Against Domestic Violence keeps records on people who have sought help due to domestic violence through its organizations. These records can help give you an idea of what is actually happening within the state when it comes to this crime.

From July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, CCADV centers saw a nine percent increase in the number of people who contacted them for a total of 32,744. They also helped the same number of people with court services, which was an increase of 13 percent over the previous year.

They counseled 29,290 people and held 1,617 support group meetings. These support services also increased over the previous year. However, this could be seen as a good thing because more people were getting help for domestic abuse. 

The CCADV also placed 2,179 people in safe houses. These are places where victims are put when they have no safe alternative for housing. Of these, 972 were children. The organization's safe houses are filled to capacity and in some cases over capacity. 

The increases in the use of safe houses, court services and overall services of the agency could be good or bad. It could mean more domestic violence is occurring or it could mean more people are getting out of these bad situations. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be used as legal advice. 


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