Connecticut families are probably aware that being a victim of a violent crime can be frightening long after an abuser has been apprehended. Domestic violence can be an especially scary scenario for victims because, in some cases, the abuser was providing for a victim or family. Victims may fear that, if they attempt to escape abuse, they may not be able to provide for themselves or their children.
Fortunately, there is help for victims and their families. In addition to assistance from law enforcement to remove an abuser from the home, the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence is ready to help. Many victims find themselves in need of food and shelter after escaping an abusive situation, and a new campaign seeks to provide additional aid when state-funded shelters and programs are overwhelmed. Victims may need a safe place to stay, and when shelters are full, they may be placed in a local hotel until proper housing becomes available.
Recently, Connecticut locals have begun donating gift cards to area stores so that victims can purchase food, clothing and other needs as they attempt to recover from domestic violence. Victims should know that, in addition to these programs, legal help is available as well. As courts begin the process of bringing an abuser to justice, victims may be afraid to face the abuser in court.
Victims of domestic violence may want to consider contacting a compassionate and knowledgeable attorney. An attorney may be able to prepare victims for upcoming court proceedings and help them feel as if they are not alone. Facing an abuser in a court of law can be frightening, but with the help of an attorney, victims can look forward to receiving the justice to which they are entitled.