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Published on Nov 21, 2015
The Connecticut General Assembly, with Special Act No.15-10, established "a task force to study the state-wide response to family violence".
From the minutes of the first task force meeting on July 30, 2015:
"... Some members of the group were asked to make remarks at this meeting. The first to speak was Stephen Grant, Executive Director of the Court Support Services Division, who stated that every discipline with Court Support deals with domestic violence. He listed his priorities as being:
1) Identifying and addressing barriers to interagency communication and information • Increase amount of information across spectrum • Provision of timely thorough and accurate information to key decision makers
2) Look at trauma informed evidence based care • 78% of children were either direct victims or witness to domestic violence • These children need support on multiple levels
3) Emphasize prevention strategies
In follow-up, Karen Jarmoc asked Mr. Grant if there were differences in policy between the different divisions of CCSD, and whether there is a guide for the 1500 employees.
Mr. Grant replied that the themes are the same, but the policies of different divisions are slightly nuanced based on its own statutory charge.
He also stated that guidance for the employees is embedded in the over 800 policies of the CCSD. Clinical guidance is provided as well...."
On September 9, 2015, task force members discussed federal funding of state programs, the value of fact-finding to achieve their goals and the importance of data collection to determine how federal funds are used in the state agencies handling various aspects of domestic violence and abuse cases involving minor children.
At about the 1:01:58 minute mark, Mr. Grant communicates with someone off-camera with hand gestures.
The video of the full meeting is on the CT-N website: