Protective orders are an important tool to protect women – especially young women and women in college, like UVA star athlete Yeardley Love – from abuse and tragically for Yeardley, murder. The Virginia State Crime Commission will meet tomorrow morning, December 8, to vote on whether to officially endorse expanding access to protective orders for victims of dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault.
Contact the chair and vice-chair of the Commission TODAY. Tell them you are a Virginia NOW member (or supporter) and that you urge them to protect women’s lives by expanding access to protective orders for victims of dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault.
The chair is Senator Janet Howell (Democrat) at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 709-8283 or 804-698-7532
The vice-chair is Delegate Robert B. Bell (Republican) at DelRBell@house.state.va.us or 804-698-1058
Details about what we are askingthe Crime Commission to do:
1. Make civil orders of protection available to individuals who experience or are threatened with physical harm, rape, sexual assault, stalking, false imprisonment, or damage to property with the intent to intimidate or control them.
2. Make “Domestic Violence Protective Orders” available to individuals who experience acts of violence by a family or household member or a person they are in a dating relationship with.
3. Make stalking, sexual assault and acts of violence restraining orders available to individuals experiencing acts of violence regardless of relationship and eliminate the requirement for a warrant.