$1.3M given to house domestic violence, trafficking victims

January 31, 2020 GMT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is giving $1.3 million to help house victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, advocates said.

The state’s Department of Housing and Coalition Against Domestic Violence announced a new round of funding Thursday, the Hartford Courant reported.

The coalition said the money will allow the two state agencies continue to find safe housing for victims who are fleeing intimate partner violence and human trafficking.

The new funding followed an initial $1.7 million received last year when the two agencies began to collaborate in their effort to house victims of abuse and human trafficking.

Gov. Ned Lamont commended the agencies’ efforts and said the state has been a leader “on issues pertaining to domestic and family violence and providing protections for survivors, and enhancing these services remains a priority.”

Domestic violence and human trafficking victim advocates work with housing specialists in the state to find safe homes so that in some cases, victims are able to avoid living in a shelter.

In September, the program began accepting referrals and have 59 referrals to date.