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Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-888-774-2900 (English); 1-844-831- 9200 (Spanish)
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Domestic Torts
, Elder Abuse, Victims' Rights, Child Abuse and Neglect

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Library Materials

  • 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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Connecticut General Statutes

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Chapter 815a - Orders of Protection and Relief

  • Sec. 46b-15. Relief from physical abuse, stalking or pattern of threatening by family or household member. 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. Powers of court in family relations matter re taking out-of-court testimony when one party is subject to a protective order, restraining order or standing criminal restraining order. Videoconference hearings permitted. Oaths. Cross-examination.

  • Sec. 46b-16. Petition to Superior Court for ex parte order 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. (2020 Supplement).

  • Sec. 46b-38h. Designation of conviction of certain crimes as involving domestic violence for purposes of criminal history record information. (2020 Supplement).

Chapter 952 - Penal Code: Offenses

Chapter 968a - Address Confidentiality Program

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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, Order, Disposition

JD-FM-137CO Application For Relief From Abuse
JD-FM-138CO Statement of Facts - Relief from Abuse
JD-FM-164 Affidavit Concerning Children
JD-FM-188 Request for Nondisclosure of Location Information

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