Video Helps Domestic Violence Victims — When Courts Have It

In parts of five states and the District of Columbia, domestic violence victims can avoid the trauma and logistical hassles of seeking a restraining order in court by petitioning for court protection via video. Certain counties in Oklahoma, Oregon, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, and D.C. allow victims to get help without facing their abusers in court. But a host of barriers have slowed the rollout of such services: limited court budgets, technical security concerns, lack of training, and poor internet connections in rural areas that could be helped by not requiring travel to courthouses.

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