A new report says warning signs but little action preceded the 18 domestic violence deaths in Connecticut in 2010, prompting advocates to call for more public education.
The report was released Tuesday by the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
The committee says it found in many cases that indicators for domestic violence were present, but there was a lack of any immediate referrals or intervention. The report says public education should include the fact that the risk of violence increases substantially when someone is leaving a relationship, and that stalking should be reported to authorities.
Advocates also say domestic violence education should be taught in public schools, because state surveys show 10 percent of students report being assaulted by their boyfriends or girlfriends.
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