Survivor of alleged domestic abuse finds trouble with policy - WSMV News 4

Survivor of alleged domestic abuse finds trouble with auto policy

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Breaking up can be hard to do, and as one woman discovered, it can also cost you. When she tried to get new car insurance after her divorce, she says she was given a choice: either get a signature from the man she says abused her or pay for a second policy.

When Debbie Casey bought a truck with her husband, she thought they'd be together forever. In August, that changed when she says he became violent, and police issued an order of protection.

After the divorce was final, Casey went to see her Farm Bureau Insurance agent to get a new policy without her husband, but that is where things got complicated.

"She said, 'No, you don't need a new policy. That would look bad on you.' I don't know why that would look bad on me, asking for a new policy. That didn't make sense," Casey said.

In order to get that new policy, Casey would have to do what any domestic violence victim would consider unthinkable - go get the signature of the man charged with abusing her.

"When you know someone's been a victim of domestic violence, why would you say, 'You need to contact that man.' That's putting my life in danger. Why would I want to do that?" Casey asked.

Channel 4 News received a statement from Farm Bureau, saying:

"Generally speaking, in this type of case it is our usual procedure to offer the insured the option of removing his or herself from the original auto policy and issuing a new policy in their name alone. This relieves the insured from having to make contact with the other party."

But according to Casey, it wasn't that simple. In order to do that, she'd have to shell out another six months' worth of premiums.

"I said, 'Why can't you take the money I've given you for the other policy and move it to the new policy?' He said, 'No, we can't do that,'" Casey said. "I feel like they're treating me like it's my mistake, and that I should bear all of the financial burden."

Channel 4 News since received another email from Farm Bureau, saying they believe they had gotten the issue resolved.

We talked to Casey, who says that while her ex-husband's car has been taken off the policy, his name is still listed on her car.

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