W.Va. Supreme Court debuts videos aimed at domestic-violence victims

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - The West Virginia Supreme Court has debuted new videos to help domestic-violence victims navigate the court system and get the help they need.

The new initiative includes five videos to explain the domestic-violence-petition process.

The justices hope the video will make filing a claim less intimidating and potentially save lives.

"It's in plain language," Chief Justice Beth Walker said. "It's not a lot of fancy lawyer words. Maybe people think they need a lawyer to do this, and the videos explain very clearly you do not. And, who you, for example, find a witness to help you. You know, it uses regular people to explain all of that."

Thirty-four people died as result of domestic violence in West Virginia between October 2017 and September of 2018.

Six deaths were a result of suicide.