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Senator Murray Hosts Domestic Violence Hearings

WASHINGTON- Washington Senator Patty Murray introduces legislation to help prevent domestic violence.

After a murder suicide at the University of Washington last month, the Senator is hoping to help women get the help they need.

The Senator says many working women can't escape domestic violence because they don't have time to get the help they need.

Murray held a hearing on her legislation Tuesday.

She's proposing that women be allowed to seek paid leave if they need time to get things like restraining orders, and they'd also be able to seek unemployment in certain situations.

The Senator says she's been planning the hearing for months, so recent events are just more evidence of the need for assistance.

"I think, if I had scheduled this hearing at any time, we would have vivid examples of workplace violence that we need to address, we need to get employers the tools to deal with, and get women the skills to address," she said.

The legislation would also prevent insurance carriers from denying coverage to domestic violence victims.

Murray says victims often can't get coverage because they're considered at a higher risk.