BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Connecticut State Police are honoring Domestic Violence Awareness Month by displaying purple ribbons on all marked cruisers.
The ribbons state, ‘CSP Cares,” and includes the national Domestic Violence Hotline number, 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
“I applaud and thank the Connecticut State Police on taking this very visible stand against domestic violence,” said Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman. “State Troopers are often among the first people a victim of violence sees, how they approach and support victims during their investigation is critical. Connecticut is grateful for their commitment and their expertise.”
During 2015, Connecticut State Troopers responded to 1,381 domestic violence calls for service. In over 50 percent of those instances, the intimate partner was determined to be at heightened risk of harm.
When they were offered the opportunity to speak with a domestic violence hotline worker, more than 90 percent of those victims availed themselves of assistance.
“We are committed to combating domestic violence and providing assistance to those most at risk,” Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner Dora Schriro said. “These ribbons provide an important opportunity to increase public awareness and promote the safety and wellbeing of those affected by this all too often deadly crime.”
“For all who are exposed to domestic violence, know when a State Trooper arrives on scene, we will protect and defend you from the danger and abuse," State Police Union President Andrew Matthews said.
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