STONINGTON — The Stonington Police Department said Friday that it had entered into an agreement with Safe Futures, the New London-based domestic violence service, to work together in assisting victims of domestic violence.

Stonington Police Chief Darren Stewart, in his announcement, noted that in the past year his department had investigated three domestic violence-related stabbings that included one homicide and one other case that also involved serious injuries.

"In working with Safe Futures and our other community partners, our goal is to have further resources available to victims and also have education and domestic violence prevention opportunities to help inform the public on these services," Stewart said. The collaboration was spelled out in a memorandum of understanding.  

Safe Futures, founded in 1976, has worked with law enforcement throughout New London County in helping victims and providing domestic violence prevention education. Stewart said the partnership would include the town's Human Services Department, youth officer, and chaplain, and that a victim’s advocate to assist law enforcement "would be at the Stonington Police Department in the very near future."

Safe Futures' emergency services include crisis intervention, danger assess, emergency shelter and transportation, food, clothing and cellphones. The group also assists with orders of protection, court advocacy and expert testimony, transitional housing, counseling, and in-shelter financial aid. Immigration aid and job training and placement are also among the group's services.

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