“This legislation seeks to make the process of filing for an order of protection less stressful on victims who may be afraid of the consequences of their abuser finding out or otherwise have difficulty filing for protection,” Rep. McAuliffe said. "We should explore whatever efforts we can to try to make this emotionally difficult process more painless."
Currently domestic violence victims face significant obstacles in securing protection from their abusers. Some victims require immediate temporary orders of protection, but have no means to travel to the appropriate family court or they fear the consequences of their abuser finding out. To remove these obstacles and ensure these victims are able to secure much-needed orders of protection, this bill would allow the Supreme Court to develop a pilot program to allow victims to petition for temporary orders of protection remotely through audio-visual means.
HB 6109 passed unanimously from the Judiciary-Civil Committee and will now head to the floor for full consideration.