Supporting Domestic Violence Victims

Creating a Pilot Program for Remote Access to Orders of Protection 

• In order for a victim to obtain a civil court order to protect them from someone who harms or threatens to harm them or their family, also known as an order of protection, he or she must appear in person before a family court judge. It can be a hardship, especially for victims in rural areas, to be present in court when they are addressing other emergency safety needs.

• Between 33-77% of victims of domestic violence report that the process of obtaining and the act of receiving a civil order of protection ends the violence, demonstration that this process is essential in the struggle against domestic violence.

The Women’s Equality Act would:

Authorize the creation of a pilot program to allow domestic violence victims to testify remotely.