Connecticut: New laws offer more protection to domestic violence victims

In the wake of two recent murder-suicides in the state, domestic violence advocates are hoping that recent changes to Connecticut’s domestic violence laws will help prevent any more deaths.

Earlier this month, the Legislature passed a bill that changes a provision that exempted people in dating relationships from arrest for domestic abuse, requires domestic violence offenders banned from possessing firearms to surrender them to police or a federally-licensed firearms dealer and allows people of any age — including teenagers– to get a restraining order against an abusive partner. Currently minors can only secure orders against abusive adults.

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