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The state Senate has passed a bill that would update Connecticut's domestic violence laws.  Redding Senator Will Haskell says the measure preventing domestic abuse would allow more favorable and fair treatment of survivors in need of a restraining order. If signed into law by the governor, Connecticut would join at least 17 other states that already incorporate more than just physical violence into the criteria necessary for issuing a restraining order.  Haskell says this legislation because it creates a safer and more modern restraining order process, allowing survivors to email the forms needed to serve a restraining order on the alleged abuser. Currently, the forms must be physically delivered by the applicant to the courthouse. The bill also allows survivors the option of testifying remotely in court proceedings -- and not in presence of their alleged abuser—if they have a hearing for a restraining order, a protective order, or a standing criminal protective order.

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