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Pets in protective orders

Animals in Domestic Violence Restraining Orders: VA

By Policy, Virginia

VIRGINIA 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: In 2014, Virginia amended its…

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Audio Video Surveillance

Video And Audio Surveillance Laws: VA

By Policy, Virginia

VIRGINIA is considered a One-Party Consent State, in that at least one person involved in the recorded communication must give permission. As per the Justia website1, Under Virginia law it is a felony to record an in-person or telephone conversation without the consent of at least one party. Offenders may be subject to civil damages as well. VA Code § 19.2-62 (definition…

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Address Confidentiality Program

Address Confidentiality Laws: VA

By Policy, Virginia

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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