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Posted on: April 18, 2019

New Kent County now participating in Hope Cards for Protective Orders

Individuals who carry a protective order issued by the New Kent County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court now have access to a new resource.

The New Kent County Hope Card Program is a new service made available to anyone with a valid final protective order that is effective for at least 12 months for family abuse, stalking and/or sexual assault. The Hope Card Program allows individuals to request a wallet-sized card that summarizes the protective order's most important details. The hope card is intended as a more convenient way for people who have permanent protective orders to keep relevant information about their orders with them at all times. It is small and durable and can be easily carried in a wallet or purse. Hope Cards are also an easy way to allow law enforcement to know there is a valid protective order in place and assists in safety by informing law enforcement about weapons involved in the incident resulting in a protective order. You may request one card per individual named on the protective order to, for example, be provided to a child's school and after-school care program.

For more information on the Hope Card or to request a form, you can visit the New Kent County Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court at the New Kent Courthouse or call (804) 966-9620, and you may also contact the New Kent County Victim Witness Program at (804) 966-9604 or contact the Hope Card Program Coordinator, Jaime Clemmer, at jclemmer@vacourts.gov.

The Hope Card Program is funded in part under the V-Stop #18-04141VA17 by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services to the Office of the Executive Secretary, Supreme Court of Virginia, from funds authorized by the Violence Against Women Act and awarded to the Virginia by the U.S. Department of Justice.
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