Hartford Residents Asked to Report Social Distancing Violations, Concerns Over Domestic Violence

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Hartford is providing new resources for residents concerned about social distancing violations and plans to enforce any violations.

Bronin said the city is serious about following social distancing regulations and making sure residents and businesses are doing so.

"While most people are following social distancing guidelines, some are not," Bronin said.

Bronin asked residents to call 311 or the Hartford 311 if there are large gatherings or businesses that make it difficult to socially distance.

There is now a special section in the app for residents to report violations or concerns.

"If we continue to see people who pose a consistent challenge or businesses that pose a consistent challenge, we believe we have the authority" to enforce the regulations through a summons or other means, Bronin said.

Hartford has now created a domestic violence unit within its police department with two officers during the day and two officers during the night dedicated to helping victims, the mayor announced.

"To anybody who is at risk yourself, please reach out. We want to help you, we want to support you," Bronin said.

The mayor said this is increasingly important during times of isolation.

Bronin said the city has seen an uptick in domestic violence incidents by 20 percent over the last week, but he feels even that number may be low due to victims not reporting for concerns over their safety.

The city now has a new coronavirus information website available for residents to receive the latest information: https://coronavirus.hartford.gov/

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