CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – There’s a brand new program in Kanawha County Household Court docket. It protects home violence victims so that they don’t must face their abusers in particular person.
“One of many first home violence proceedings that I had on this courtroom concerned a younger woman who was completely terrified, it was written throughout her face. You possibly can see she was shaking as she sat there. Any time the respondent spoke, she simply stored her head down and coward at something he completely stated,” stated Kanawha County Household Court docket Decide Brittany Stonestreet.
It’s a state of affairs Decide Stonestreet has seen far too typically – home violence victims going through their abusers in court docket and struggling to testify. “Whereas that actually demonstrated her worry, it turned a little bit bit problematic when it comes to having her inform me, ‘why are you right here right now?’ I imply I’ve to listen to the allegations, hear the proof and he or she was completely terrified to testify,” she stated.
Now, a brand new distant outreach mission is hoping to assist with this. Below the YWCA Resolve Family Abuse Program, victims can testify remotely. This system is already being carried out in Cabell and Ohio counties, with a purpose of getting it in all of West Virginia’s 55 counties.
“Ten months, and 10,000 home violence and private security protecting borders filed in West Virginia,” stated Chief Justice Evan Jenkins, with West Virginia Supreme Court docket. Jenkins was referring to January 1st, to October 1st of this this yr.
The YWCA in Charleston says they hope this new program will assist victims stand as much as their abusers. “We do see so many people who apply for a home violence petition after which have the belief that they’ve to come back again and sit in the identical room as their abuser and they don’t comply with up in any respect,” stated Julie Britton-Haden, the director of the household resolve program.
With an finish purpose of saving lives: “For individuals who don’t or cant come and sit in the identical room as their abuser I imply it completely will save lives,” added Britton-Haden.
The YWCA Resolve 24/7 Hotline is 304-340-3549.