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Responding to Domestic Violence in the 21st Century

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When: Thursday October 13, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Where: DVCC Stamford office, 777 Summer Street, Suite 400

Press is invited to attend. Please RSVP as space is limited

A nationally recognized expert in the study of the criminal justice system’s response to domestic violence will share his knowledge and expertise in a presentation and roundtable discussion at the Domestic Violence Crisis Center during October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

 The Thursday October 13th presentation is part of a two-day event hosted by the DVCC, in which Andrew Klein, Ph.D. will meet with statewide leaders and members of the legal and law enforcement communities in Hartford and Stamford. Klein is a Senior Researcher with Advocates for Human Potential in Massachusetts, an editor and columnist for Thomson-West’s National Bulletin on Domestic Violence Prevention, and author of The Criminal Justice Response to Domestic Violence.

“The DVCC has been working diligently toward improving the criminal justice system’s response to domestic violence in Connecticut, and we are very excited that Andy has agreed to lend his expertise to our community,” said Carrie Bernier, DVCC’s Director of Court and Legal Advocacy. “He has done substantial research on the topic of response mechanisms to domestic violence nationwide and, in doing so, has acquired extensive knowledge of Connecticut’s procedures and has developed some unique ideas with respect to how the state might reframe some of these procedures to efficiently and effectively increase both victim safety and offender accountability.”

Klein has worked throughout the United States, serving on numerous commissions and advisory boards concerning the development of domestic violence courts; providing technical assistance, headlining conferences and giving professional trainings; and serving as a principal investigator on numerous research and evaluation grants covering a wide range of areas including family violence, victim rights and batterer intervention programming.

After presenting a summary of his research and ideas, Klein will facilitate a roundtable discussion for audience members to ask questions and offer their own perspectives.

The Domestic Violence Crisis Center is committed to promoting the fundamental right of all individuals to be safe in their personal relationships. With a professional staff who have years of experience and advocacy in the field of domestic violence, the agency offers confidential services at no charge, including court and legal services, group and individual counseling, temporary shelter, housing services, children’s services, medical advocacy,  professional adult trainings, multilingual services, PeaceWorks prevention education and a 24-hour hotline (1-888-774-2900). DVCC is the only domestic violence agency serving the communities of Stamford, Norwalk, Westport, Darien, New Canaan, Wilton and Weston. For more information please call 203-588-9100 or visit our website at www.dvccct.org