CT Statewide 24 Hour Hotline 1-888-774-2900

National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233

Soundview Medical Associates is dedicated to treating all aspects of our patients’ health. Domestic Violence has a damaging effect on the physical and mental well being of its victims. Our physicians and staff are always available to any patients who are in need of guidance and support, but if you or someone you know has an immediate need please use these websites for local help.

What is domestic violence?

Under Connecticut law, family violence (a.k.a. domestic violence) is defined as an incident between family or household members that either results in a physical injury or causes fear that a physical injury is going to happen. Verbal abuse by itself is not considered family violence. For verbal abuse to be considered family violence there must be imminent danger and that physical violence will likely occur. Discipline of children by their parents or guardians is not family violence unless the child is abused. Although there is no separate crime of family violence, certain crimes (for example, assault, kidnapping, and sexual assault) can be charged as a family violence offense. A criminal charge that includes family violence in the charge may be a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances of the case.


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