Michelle Cruz: Restraining Order Rules Unfair To Abuse Victims
This simple transfer of responsibility of service from the backs of the complainant/victim to the clerk and police would streamline the process and enable the complainant to focus 100 percent of their attention on their safety instead of being entangled in the "system."
It seems archaic that now—more than 25 years after the horrible attack of Torrington's Tracey Thurman by her abusive husband made national news—that Connecticut still expects the victim to shoulder the responsibility for such administrative processes.
There is a group currently looking to change state law to advance and update the service process. If successful, these changes will bring Connecticut's system into the 21st century.
As someone whose actually been through the Connecticut process, and has had to fork over $80 to have an order served within a tiny window of time, this proposed change makes a whole heck of a lot of sense and could be the difference between life and death. •