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Judges told hearing needed after women are denied restraining order

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Judges told hearing needed after women are denied restraining order (WFSB) Judges told hearing needed after women are denied restraining order (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The effort to save women from domestic violence has been brought to the state’s highest court.

On Tuesday, justices at the Supreme Court were told women are in danger because they’re not being given a hearing after being denied a restraining order.

Over the summer, just days after a Middletown mother was denied a restraining order, the father of her child was arrested for throwing their baby off a bridge.

There are thousands of cases where women are in dangerous situations.

"The law states that there shall be a hearing and for someone to be denied a hearing is not the law,” said Karen Jarmoc of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Jarmoc said the Middletown baby’s mother Adrianne Oyola was not given a hearing when she asked for a restraining order and was denied.

Every year, there are about 9,000 applications for restraining orders, and roughly 5,000 are granted.

"They believe they can deny an application and it’s not part of the statute. That's not an option trial courts have,” said Attorney Linda Allard.

She said she feels Connecticut judges are not getting enough training on domestic violence.

"To deny a hearing on its face - that is not the law- it’s not acceptable and we are hopeful the Supreme Court will render a decision in our favor,” Jarmoc said.

A hearing is going to be held at the State Capitol at the end of October on how judges can be better equipped to handle domestic violence cases.

There is a national seminar on domestic violence every year, and Eyewitness News was told very few Connecticut judges attend.

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