NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- Some state lawmakers are looking to expand a GPS tracking program aimed at helping victims of domestic violence.
That GPS program works by notifying domestic violence victims if offenders get too close.
The statistics are staggering, nearly a third of all court cases in the state are related to domestic violence.
One woman stays armed with a GPS tracker she could sleep better, knowing her abuser was on the streets. She hides her identity because this grandmother fears she will incite her ex-husband.
"He never put a hand on me, but he was verbally abusive. He would throw things, slam things. There's other ways to abuse people you don't have to hit them to abuse them," said the woman.
Last summer, the court's victim's advocate offered her a GPS tracker. A phone alerted her when her abuser was within 5,000 and 2,500 feet of her, she took it.
"They need to know where you are all the time, what you're doing all the time, who you are talking to all the time. So, once I didn't have all that and I knew where he was, it was a big sigh, not just for me but my kids too," said the woman.
The state reports nearly 40,000 cases of violence each year.
In Plainville in 2009, Tiana Notice died after her boyfriend stabbed her to death Valentine's Day. Two weeks ago, state police investigated a murder suicide in Coventry.
"It's very effective in those high risk situations," said Karen Jarmoc.
Executive Director of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Karen Jarmoc, says the tracker is only available in Hartford, Danielson, and Bridgeport right now.
It's $22 a day, nearly $2 million a year.
"This is an effective way to keep victims safe, but there are a whole lot of other things that we do here in the domestic violence field to keep domestic violence victims safe as well," said Jarmoc.
She says it's not the answer for every case. But for the grandmother, it was the only answer.
"I think everyone has a point where they snap and they feel there's nothing to loose. So, I think that' program should be available to everybody," said the woman.
State lawmakers say the earliest they could expand the program would be this February.
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