(WFSB) – A invoice to strengthen exising home violence legal guidelines has handed the Senate.
The invoice is known as in honor of Jennifer Dulos, a New Canaan mom who was allegedly killed by her husband.
Presently, home violence lase are based mostly on bodily violence or the specter of bodily violence. This invoice would additionally embrace coercive management, which is management that may and does result in extra abusive conduct.
Nobody could ever know what occurred to Dulos after she disappeared two years in the past. On the time, the mom of 5 was going by a bitter divorce and custody battle.
Police suspect her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, killed her.
“He appeared to at all times know my each transfer. I later came upon that my automotive was tracked, my laptop hacked, and telephone monitored for years,” stated Christine Cocchiola, home violence sufferer.
Christine Cocchiola was additionally afraid of her husband. Channel 3 spoke to her again in March when lawmakers have been debating increasing the definition of home violence.
On Tuesday, the Senate voted 35 to 1 so as to add coercive management to the state’s home violence legal guidelines. It’s named in honor of Jennifer Dulos and Jennifer Magnano, who’s a Terryville mom who was killed by her husband in entrance of their three youngsters.
“Earlier than any violence takes place, there are these controlling actions. Coercive management, that elimination of relationships with household and associates that takes over the funds, limiting the alternatives they make, and other people they spend their time with,” stated Senator Mae Flexer.
The Senate Republican Chief helps the invoice however says there’s some hypocrisy. The Senate can be taking over a “Clear Slate” invoice, which he says would change the best way these convicted of sure violent offenses, together with home violence, are handled.
“Below present legislation, people who have been undocumented can be deported again to their homelands and now with the brand new legislation, they’re going to have the ability to keep right here in Connecticut,” stated Senator Kevin Kelly.
Cocchiola says her husband didn’t get violent, however was afraid he would. She says the abuse continued.
“After I lastly left my ex-husband, the abuse intensified, struggling submit separation abuse with him sending over 3,000 threatening, harassing emails stating, ‘you can be sorry,’” Cocchiola stated.
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