What are some laws in Connecticut about domestic violence?

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This is an important question. According to Connecticut General Statute 46b-38a, 2011, domestic violence is any incident that causes physical harm or anything that threatens physcial harm. Interestingly verbal abuse is excluded, unless it is accompanied by a threat of physical harm.

Another important point is the difference between restraining orders and protective orders. A restraining order can be issued even if there is no arrest. The threat is enough.  It is a civil action. When there is violence and a crime, it turns into a crimial case. When this happens what is ordered is a protective order.

Another important law pertains to employers. They must allow time (paid or unpaid)  to the person who has been abused to get medical attention and relocate, if necessary.

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