Increasing Access to Safety for Rural Victims: Remote Filing in New York State Webinar
Domestic violence and sexual assault survivors living in rural communities face many barriers that affect their ability to secure safety. Research shows that orders of protection are a proven and vital resource for this population. Yet the heightened isolation, transportation and economic challenges, and limited internet that these survivors experience make it especially difficult to access the court system.
In New York State, earlier changes to the statute allow victims of domestic and sexual violence to obtain orders of protection by video-conference. Passed several years ago, the legislation permits participation in ex parte hearings on the record for temporary orders of protection with a judge or court attorney referee. This has filled an important need in the rural parts of the state. A crucial component of the service is that advocates travel to meet victims in safe locations so as to provide access to videoconference equipment, as well as advocacy services.
This webinar will highlight the ways in which the remote e-filing process has increased access to justice for victims, how courts and advocates have collaborated to successfully implement the program, and how challenges have been addressed.