A tightening of Connecticut's domestic violence laws is expected to be a major issue for state lawmakers when they return to Hartford.
The General Assembly reconvenes Jan. 7, and will have plenty to work with as lawmakers try to craft new legislation. Various groups and politicians have been examining the issue since the last session.
The legislative focus comes as statistics show 13 people died in 2014 from domestic violence, up from nine in 2013.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has already proposed legislation to immediately remove an alleged abuser's firearms when a judge issues a temporary restraining order. And a task force is finalizing recommendations to lawmakers on how to improve the restraining order process.
Lawmakers also are expected to take up recommendations on helping children exposed to domestic violence.