Roraback Bill to Protect Weekend Victims of Domestic Violence Passes State Senate

April 21, 2006

Legislation that provides greater protection for victims of weekend domestic violence passed the state Senate unanimously this evening. State Senator Andrew Roraback (R-Goshen) has introduced this bill, sSB 443 An Act Concerning Domestic Violence, for several years having worked closely with a variety of State Officials crafting this legislation. Over the last year, Senator Roraback has met on several occasions with Chief State’s Attorney Christopher Morano as well as representatives from the state’s Judicial Branch, the State Police Chief’s Association, and the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

“This bill will allow police to require those accused of domestic violence who are released on bail to have no contact with the victim until the Courts are open and can issue a proper restraining order,” said Senator Roraback. “This measure of protection over the weekend will help keep victims safer.”

“In addition, this bill will make strangulation a separate crime and impose stiffer penalties for this unacceptable conduct,” explained Senator Roraback.

The bill had already passed unanimously out of the both the Judiciary Committee, on which Senator Roraback serves and the Public Safety and Security Committee. It now awaits action by the state House of Representatives

Senator Roraback is an Assistant Minority Leader and represents the 30th district communities of Brookfield, Canaan, Cornwall, Goshen, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Milford, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington, Warren, Washington, and Winchester.