Domestic Violence Legislation

By: Marise Estime
By: Marise Estime

Heather Cox says a year and half ago a neighbor knocked on her door in the rain to tell her that her car window was down. She says she opened the door and let him in to dry off, and within less than five minutes he raped her.

"After I told the story to the police they knew where he lived. He lived a couple doors down from me and they had probable cause and they went down there and took him away,” she says.

Cox says she did not get a restraining order, she simply moved away. Sexual violence advocates says many survivors find it hard to get or pay for a restraining order.

"The victims of sexual assault crime they have another tool with the perpetrators not having contact with them they won't be able to phone them not be able to write to them not be around not come, they cannot have any contact with them,” says Maria Veliz.

Right now, filing the paperwork to get a restraining order can cost upwards of $100 in some counties. If the governor signs this new bill, survivors can now do that for free.

"Think about how hard to file and imagine going down there and doing it in fear and to top that you may get a high rate to do so," says Kelly Otte from Refuge House.

Cox says women like her can now breathe a sigh of relief.


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