Posted on May 4, 2018 by admin
HARTFORD – State Representative Livvy Floren (R-Greenwich, Stamford) co-sponsored S.B. 466, An Act Concerning Dual Arrests and the Training Required of Law Enforcement Personnel with Respect to Domestic Violence.
“It’s disheartening to hear of so many cases where women and men tolerate abusive situations because they are worried about the repercussions,” Rep. Floren said. “There should never be repercussions for seeking help. That is why law enforcement exists – to protect the innocent and bring justice to those who break the law. This bill takes a strong stand against domestic violence. I am proud to support it, and look forward to seeing it become law.”
Dual arrest is when both parties are taken into custody during a domestic violence incident regardless of who was at fault. This has discouraged many victims from seeking help over the years. With this bill, lawmakers hope that more individuals will come forward and report these incidents to the authorities. Under this bill, law enforcement officials will have more discretion when determining who to arrest. The bill also calls for more extensive training to assist the responding officer(s) in these situations.
The bill passed 147-1-2 and is in concurrence with the Senate. It will now make its way to the governor’s desk for his signature.