A new task force was formed to examine family violence in Connecticut, including the effects it can have on children.
Among its charges, lawmakers said Wednesday panel may review whether judges need more training in family violence matters following the recent death of a Middletown infant who was found dead in the Connecticut River.
Police said the boy's father admitted tossing the boy from a bridge before jumping in the water below. A judge last month denied the boy's mother a permanent restraining order against the father amid a bitter custody dispute.
"Family violence, especially when directed at children is a terrible shock of betrayal," said State Senator Martin Looney.
Lawmakers said they want a better understanding of what happened and why a judge denied the restraining order.
"There is no question if we ask women in a sensitive way - without husband or boyfriend present - we will get what we call a positive screening," said Garry Lapidus, of the Injury Prevention Center at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center.
Lapidus is on the task force and said women need to be helped in a better way and doctors should be asking questions if they suspect domestic violence.
Karen Jarmoc, head of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the panel's co-chairman, said such training for judges would be meaningful, especially considering there are about 9,000 restraining order applications annually and 40,000 family violence-related arrests.
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