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VT Pets in Restraining Orders

Animals in Domestic Violence Restraining Orders: VT

By | Policy, Vermont

VERMONT allows domestic violence protective orders to include pets. In addition, federal law includes the crime of stalking and actions that make the victim fear that the stalker will hurt the victim’s pet, service or emotional support animal, or horse (18 U.S.C. § 2261A (2019)). As per the Animal Legal & Historical Center website1, Summary: Any family or household member…

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Video And Audio Surveillance Laws: VT

By | Policy, Vermont

VERMONT has no specific statute regarding surveillance. As per the Justia website1, Vermont has not enacted a specific statute to address consent for recording conversations. However, the Vermont Supreme Court has held that it is an unlawful invasion of privacy for law enforcement officers to secretly make a warrantless recording of a conversation inside a person’s home. Vermont v. Geraw,…

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Address Confidentiality Laws: VT

By | Policy, Vermont

The Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) exists to protect victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and other crimes from their abusers being able to track and locate them, potentially putting them in continued harm’s way. The program gives victims a legal substitute address where their first-class mail will be forwarded (free of charge) to their actual address. This substitute address…

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