Connecticut domestic violence shelters should be staffed around the clock, teen dating violence should be addressed in schools, and authorities need to better enforce restraining and protective orders by using GPS technology, say state legislative task force recommendations reported by the Hartford Courant. The 20-member, bipartisan task force was created by House Speaker Christopher Donovan and has received input from domestic violence survivors, state agency staff, and others.
More than 50,000 people become victims of domestic violence in Connecticut each year. Task force Chairwoman Rep. Mae Flexer says members were mindful of the state’s budget situation. Staffing domestic violence shelters 24 hours a day, seven days a week, would cost an estimated $3 million in additional funding. The price tag is less for the GPS technology that the task force wants to use to track people with restraining orders, because there would be a $25-a-day charge to the defendant. Connecticut is facing a projected deficit of $500 million.