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W.Va. Senate passes 911, protective order changes

Feb. 08, 2012 @ 11:56 AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate has unanimously passed two bills that would offer increased protections for children and adult victims of domestic or sexual abuse plus victims of stalking and harassment.

Wednesday’s vote sends the bills to the House of Delegates for consideration.

One of the measures would expand the availability of protective orders to any victim of sexual violence, stalking or harassment. State law provides such protection only to victims who live with their abuser or who are related to their abuser.

The second measure would make it a crime to prevent anyone from calling 911. Police believe such a law would give them another tool to combat domestic violence as abusers often cut phone lines or destroy phones to prevent their victims from calling police.