More than one-third of the Milford Police Department’s reported arrests from Sept. 21 to Oct. 2 were domestic in nature.
The charges ranged from third-degree assault to interfering with an emergency call to second-degree threatening to violation of a protective order.
Through online postings and email to local media, Milford police reported 31 arrests during that 12-day span and 11 of them were for domestic abuse.
“Domestic arrests are pretty common,” Milford police spokesman Jeff Nielsen said. “People have problems every day…Our involvement is to make sure those problems don’t escalate.”
Nielsen said awareness of domestic abuse is higher than before with more services being offered for victims. He said it is also the department’s aim to connect the abused with these resources, whether is be programs for substance abuse or financial intervention or counseling.
The police spokesman said while domestic calls are common, recurring incidents where an abuser repeatedly attempts to harm a victim is not.
Here is a rundown of the 11 domestic arrests that the Milford Police Department made from Sept. 21 to Oct. 2.
On Sept. 21, police arrested a Milford man for allegedly striking his companion and locking her in a motel room. On that same day, officers charged another Milford man for allegedly damaging his spouse’s phone when she attempted to call police during a dispute.
On Sept. 23, police again responded to two domestics: one resulted in the arrest of a West Haven man accused of making threatening phone calls to a companion and the other led to the arrests of two Milford residents accused of engaging in a fight with each other (to keep it simple, we’re counting this as one arrest).
On Sept. 24, a Guilford man was arrested in Milford for allegedly stalking and harassing a former companion he had been warned to avoid.
On Sept. 26, police nabbed a West Haven man for allegedly threatening to harm a former companion in the parking lot of the Westfield Connecticut Post Mall.
On Sept. 27, a Stratford man was collared for allegedly threatening the acquaintance of a former spouse at a local McDonald’s.
On Sept. 30, police arrested a Bridgeport man accused of calling and sending unwanted threatening messages to the acquaintance of a former companion. Also on Monday, police arrested a Milford man for allegedly threatening to harm his spouse and damaging her phone when she went to call police.
On Oct. 1, a New Haven man was nabbed in Milford for allegedly sending text messages and phone calls in violation of a court-issued protective order.
And on Oct. 2, police arrested a Bridgeport man on charges he had a verbal argument with his spouse in violation of a court-issued protective order.