Can purple ties curb domestic violence?

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and, to recognize the vital role that men play in the effort to end domestic violence, several male leaders from across the state are joining Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence on Tuesday, Oct. 15 for Purple Tie Tuesday to show their commitment to stopping the violence before it starts.

Later this month CCADV will release the first-ever statewide report on the prevention of intimate partner violence. One of the key focuses of that report is reinforcing the role that men and boys play in preventing domestic violence.

In a news release put out by CCADV, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal mentioned that, so far this year, more than 56,000 domestic violence victims sought help from Connecticut’s shelters.

“I will proudly wear my purple tie on Tuesday to draw attention to the role men can play in combatting this preventable crisis, in holding others accountable for their words and actions and refusing to tolerate abuse in any form,” Blumenthal said in the release. “Congress has a responsibility to do its part as well, and while progress has been made, particularly in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, there is much work to be done.”

Senator Blumenthal and Attorney General Jepsen are both outspoken advocates of ending violence against women. Both men were honored by CCADV in 2011 as part of the First 100 Men, which recognizes male leaders who work to raise awareness of the availability and access to domestic violence services in Connecticut.

According to the CT Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee, over the past decade Connecticut has averaged 15 homicides per year stemming from intimate partner violence. There have been six intimate partner homicides so far this year, including three near fatalities in September alone. Last year, CCADV’s 18 member domestic violence service agencies served over 56,000 victims.

To learn more about the warning signs and risk factors associated with domestic violence, please visit www.ctcadv.org. If you or someone you know needs help or someone to talk to, please call the statewide, toll free domestic violence hotline at (888) 774-2900 to be connected to your local domestic violence agency.

Amanda Cuda

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