This committee educates the public regarding all aspects of domestic violence awareness and prevention through events, panels and various other means.
In 2013, the Killingworth Women’s Organization launched a Domestic Violence Awareness & Prevention (DVAP) campaign as their signature cause. Our efforts include bringing awareness of the problem and its impact on the community, and includes making information on DVAP resources available to our residents and educating the public to develop a better understanding of DVAP and ways to help. We conduct ongoing donation drives to collect items for women and children who are living in safe houses overseen by New Horizons Domestic Violence Services in Middletown. A critical component of our efforts is in making a direct impact in our town as we strive towards establishing a DVAP task force. As such, we are working with town officials, law enforcement and first responders in regard to DVAP-specific training and services that brings (1) appropriate handling and identification of local DVAP incidents, (2) direct and immediate connection of victims of domestic violence to resources, and (3) reduction of DVAP-related fatalities to local residents. The Killingworth Women’s Organization recognizes that domestic violence is unacceptable and that it is a crime in the state of Connecticut.