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Domestic Torts
, Elder Abuse, Victims' Rights, Child Abuse and Neglect

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  • Connecticut Practice, Family Law and Practice with Forms, by Arnold H. Rutkin
    • Chapter 22
  • Domestic Violence Practice and Procedure, by Fredrica L. Lehrman
  • Family Law and Practice, by Arnold H. Rutkin
    • Chapter 6

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  • P.A. 21-78 - An Act Concerning the Definition of Domestic Violence, Revising Statutes Concerning Domestic Violence

  • P.A. 18-05 -  An Act Concerning Dual Arrests and the Training Required of Law Enforcement Personnel with Respect to Domestic Violence. OLR Summary

  • P.A. 14-234 - An Act Concerning Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. OLR Summary

Connecticut General Statutes

Selected statutes:

Chapter 815a. Orders of Protection and Relief

  • Sec. 46b-15. Relief for victim of domestic violence. Application. Court orders. Duration. Service of application, affidavit, any ex parte order and notice of hearing. Copies. Expedited hearing for violation of order. Other remedies.

  • Sec. 46b-15a. Foreign order of protection. Full faith and credit. Enforcement. Affirmative defense. Child custody provision. Registration.

  • Sec. 46b-15b. Duties of Superior Court re applicants for restraining orders in domestic violence situations.

  • Sec. 46b-15c. Out-of-court testimony in family relations matter when one party is subject to a protective order, restraining order or standing criminal protective order. Videoconference hearings permitted. Oaths. Cross-examination. Notice.

  • Sec. 46b-16. Petition to Superior Court for ex parte order re temporary care and custody of child when parent arrested for custodial interference. Duration of order.

Chapter 815e. Marriage

  • Sec. 46b-38a. Family violence prevention and response: Definitions.
  • Sec. 46b-38b. Investigation of family violence crime by peace officer. Arrest. Assistance to victim. Guidelines. Compliance with model law enforcement policy on family violence. Education and training program. Assistance and protocols for victims whose immigration status is questionable. Exceptions. (2024 Supplement)

  • Sec. 46b-38c. Family violence response and intervention units. Local units. Duties and functions. Protective orders. Electronic monitoring pilot program. Pretrial violence program education program; fees. Training program. (2024 Supplement)

  • Sec. 46b-38h. Designation of conviction of certain crimes as involving family violence for purposes of criminal history record information.

Chapter 815j. Dissolution of Marriage, Legal Separation and Annulment

  • Sec. 46b-56. Orders re custody, care, education, visitation and support of children. Best interests of the child. Access to records of minor child by noncustodial parent. Orders re therapy, counseling and drug or alcohol screening.

Chapter 952. Penal Code: Offenses

  • Sec. 53a-40e. Standing criminal protective orders.
  • Sec. 53a-223a. Criminal violation of a standing criminal protective order: Class D or class C felony.

Chapter 968a. Address Confidentiality Program

  • Sec. 54-240a. Program purpose. Regulations.
  • Sec. 54-240c. Certification as program participant. Application requirements.

Connecticut Judicial Branch Court Forms

Filing an Application for a Civil Protection Order

Filing an Application for a Restraining Order

JD-FM-97 Family Violence Education Program, Application, Orders and Disposition

JD-FM-137 Application For Relief From Abuse

JD-FM-138 Affidavit - Relief from Abuse

JD-FM-164 Affidavit Concerning Children

JD-FM-188 Request for Nondisclosure of Location Information

JD-FM-257 How to Apply for a Restraining Order under Section 46b-15

JD-FM-295 Request for Remote Testimony

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