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Delegate Highlights Domestic Violence Legislation, But Argues More Needs Done To Help Survivors

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Ahead of Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Day at the Capitol this week, we bring you a special report and update on several bills aimed at helping survivors.

Host Suzanne Higgins is joined by senior reporter Dave Mistich for an update on the latest legislative action from both the House and Senate.

Higgins also speaks with Del. Sammi Brown, D-Jefferson, who is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and is known for her efforts in combatting domestic violence issues. Brown discusses successful domestic violence legislation this session but addresses some bills that may not make it to the governor’s desk.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gv6Nvsv-sSg

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 33 percent of West Virginia women and 41 percent of West Virginia men experience intimate partner physical or sexual violence, and/or stalking in their lifetime, and an estimated 1/3 of all homicides in West Virginia are related to domestic violence. Recently, reporter Liz McCormick visited with survivors and advocates.

For information or help, the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence offers several resources through their Licensed Domestic Violence Programs located throughout the state. There is also a National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799- SAFE or 1-800-799-7233.

Wednesday on The Legislature Today, as we reach day fifty of the 60-day session, we'll speak with senior members of the Senate Health and Human Resources Committee about health concerns and initiatives this session.

Liz McCormick is WVPB's Eastern Panhandle and Education reporter/producer. Liz is a native of Charleston, West Virginia and received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and New Media from Shepherd University in 2014. You can connect with Liz via email at emccormick@wvpublic.org or on Twitter @LizMcCormickWV