Few actions were taken to prevent many of the 18 domestic violence deaths in Connecticut in 2010, despite warning signs that the victims faced potential harm, according to a report released Tuesday that called for more public education about the issue.
The report was compiled by the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence and its Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee, which includes victims’ relatives, victim advocates, police, prosecutors and social service providers.
The committee said the rate of domestic violence homicide in the state remains steady, despite increasing public awareness of the problem and more professional training to deal with it.
"In every case reviewed, family members, friends, and/or professionals were not fully aware of the escalating circumstances between the perpetrator and the victim," the report said. "These individuals did not recognize the significance of the situation or the warning signs.
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