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2019 Changes in Domestic Violence Law in Connecticut

Connecticut Public Act 18-5 went into effect on January 1, 2019. The new law requires a police officer, responding to a family violence complaint, to arrest the person the officer believes is the dominant aggressor. This change does not prohibit dual arrests, but discourages such arrests when appropriate. The dominant aggressor is the person who poses the most serious ongoing threat in a situation involving a suspected family violence crime.

An officer’s decision to arrest and charge an alleged perpetrator must not be based (1) on getting the victim’s specific consent, (2) on the relationship of the parties, or (3) solely on a victim’s request. The police officer must not threaten to arrest all parties to discourage any of them from requesting police intervention. The new law does permit the officer to arrest the person whom the officer believes is the dominant aggressor.

  • In determining which party is the dominant aggressor the officer is required to consider:
  • The need to protect domestic violence victims
  • Whether one person acted in self-defense or to defend a third person
  • The relative degree of any injury
  • Threats creating fear of physical injury
  • Any history of family violence between the people involved

If you are facing a divorce and are in a volatile relationship our experienced New Haven County domestic violence lawyers may be able to take on your case and be the legal support you need, including strategies to avoid conflict and possible arrest.

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