House Republican Leader Lawrence Cafero has appointed Andrea Dahms, a staff attorney with the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, to serve on the state's new Family Violence Model Policy Governing Council.
The council was created by state lawmakers in answer to recommendations by the Speaker's Task Force on Law Enforcement Response to Family Violence. Its purpose is to evaluate policies and procedures used by law enforcement when responding to incidents of domestic violence and violations of orders of protection and to oversee the newly enacted Model Policy on Law Enforcement Response to Family Violence, which seeks to create a statewide standard approach by the police to domestic violence crimes.
In his appointment letter, Cafero thanked Dahms for her willingness to serve the public and for the expertise she brings to the 18-member council. "I hope that your service in this position will be challenging and satisfying," Cafero said. "I know that the talents and expertise you bring to it will be of great value and service to our state and its citizens."
In addition to her advocacy work with victims in the Stamford and Norwalk courts, Dahms is the director of public policy and special projects for the DVCC. She served on the Speaker's Task Force on Law Enforcement Response to Family Violence and has worked actively over the past three years to provide state leaders with researched recommendations on how to update and improve Connecticut's domestic violence laws.
"I am both honored and excited to be able to serve on this Council." Dahms said. "The model policy recommended by the task force and enacted by the Legislature is an important step towards enhancing safety and justice for victims, and it is crucial that it effectively reflects Connecticut's commitment to keeping victims of domestic violence and their children safe."
DVCC offers confidential services at no charge, including court and legal services, group and individual counseling, SafeHouses and housing services, children's services, medical advocacy, professional adult trainings, multilingual services, PeaceWorks prevention education, a 24-hour hotline (1-888-774-2900), and EsperanzaCT, a Spanish language website and 24-hour phone service line.