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A new law about domestic violence and sexual assault took effect at the start of the month.  It expands protection for victims. 

 

Recently the Redding police department adopted what it calls the Lethality Assessment Program.  It requires officers to ask about a dozen questions of a domestic violence or sexual assault victim to determine if a Women's Center of Danbury counselor should be called in. 

 

Police Chief Douglas Fuchs told the Redding Pilot that since the program started in June, 40 restraining and protective orders have been received.  There was one arrest for assault and two for violating protective orders.  No one has been relocated by the Women's Center to a safe house.

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