This week in the legislature, both chambers of the General Assembly voted to pass a bill that would discourage the practice of “dual arrests,” a law enforcement practice where police arrest both a man and a woman (or both individuals involved) when responding to a domestic violence call.
According to the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, dual arrests have been shown to negatively impact the safety of victims by decreasing a victim’s willingness to call police for assistance in domestic violence situations. Dual arrests also have financial consequences for the family, traumatize children, and overburden our courts.
It’s disheartening to hear of so many cases where women and men tolerate abusive situations because they are worried about the repercussions. 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.
Please let me know if you have any questions about dual arrest legislation or any other issue related to state government.