Petit Seeks to Raise Awareness Against Teen Dating Violence


Hartford – State Rep. William A. Petit, Jr., (R-22) partnered with Interval House to raise awareness about domestic violence and abuse during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month at a recent press conference held at the State Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

Rep. Petit said, “It’s very fitting that we gathered on Valentine’s Day for the event to raise awareness about teen dating violence awareness. What better day to say, ‘Love Shouldn’t Hurt’.”

Petit is a member of Interval House’s Men Make a Difference, Men Against Domestic Violence, a group of prominent Connecticut men dedicated to raising awareness and speaking out against domestic violence. The group has raised thousands of dollars and distributed educational and training materials for the cause against domestic violence, and spoken to thousands of area residents, mostly boys and young men.

Petit, along with fellow group members, gathered on Valentine’s Day to recommit themselves to the cause and share their message that there’s never an excuse for violence and abuse in an intimate partner relationship.

“Since 2009, this men’s group has been on the forefront of standing with women and children in the cause against violence and abuse.  We know that if we are to make a difference, we have to continue to break the insidious cycle of domestic violence and abuse, we must educate our children, and the whole community that love should never hurt, and that no one has the right to abuse another, added Rep. Petit.”

According to the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV), many youngsters start ‘dating’ before they are in their teen years. Petit stated that with 1 in 4 teens reporting that they are victims of verbal, physical, emotional and sexual abuse each year, it is imperative that we educate them about healthy relationships at home and elsewhere.

Interval House has helped more than 230,000 victims of domestic violence. The agency provides services to 24 cities and towns in the Greater Hartford region which include a 24-hour crisis hotline, emergency safe house, and counseling for victims and advocates.

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Plainville Legislators to Host Morning Coffee Hour


PlainvilleState Rep. William A. Petit, Jr. (R-22) and State Sen. Henri Martin (R-31) invite Plainville residents to join them as they host a morning Coffee Hour on Tuesday, February 20 at Bolo Café & Bakery (33 Whiting Street, Plainville).

The public is invited for coffee and conversation from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. to meet with their legislators in a relaxed setting and hear the latest updates from the State Capitol. The legislators will also be answering your questions.

All residents are encouraged to attend and discuss any legislative issues, including bill proposals, or local concerns. Coffee will be provided.

Those unable to attend the event but would like to speak with their legislator(s) may contact Petit at 800-842-1423 and Martin at 860-240-0022.



Sen. Martin, Rep. Petit Visit Award-Winning Plainville Brewer


PHOTO: (left to right) Sen. Henri Martin, Relic Brewing owner Mark Sigman, employees Christine D’Angelo and Stephanie Geiling, and Rep. William Petit at Relic Brewing in Plainville.

PLAINVILLE – State Senator Henri Martin (R-31) and Representative William Petit (R-22) recently visited Relic Brewing to see firsthand how the small business makes award-winning beers.

“Relic Brewing is a fascinating operation,” Sen. Martin said. “I appreciate Mark Sigman giving Rep. Petit and me a tour of Relic and talking to us about his business needs. As legislators, we need to make certain the laws coming out of Hartford don’t place burdens on small businesses. Connecticut must create an environment that helps entrepreneurs like Mark be successful.”

Located on Whiting Street in Plainville, the small batch brewery was named Best Small Brewery in Connecticut by Food & Wine Magazine. Relic’s Spectral Beast won a silver medal at the 2017 Great International Beer Competition in Providence.

“I appreciated learning more about such a fantastic local business right here in Plainville,” said Rep. Petit. “Special thanks to Mark Sigman and his team, who are dedicated not only to producing a quality product, but also to contributing to the success of our local community. I’m proud to continue supporting the efforts of small businesses like Relic Brewing, who are the backbone of our local and state economy, by ensuring pro-business policies, we allow small business owners like Mark to be successful in our state.”

Sen. Martin represents the communities of Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth, and Thomaston.
Rep. Petit serves the communities of Plainville and New Britain.