Woman behind Celena's Law now Habitat for Humanity homeowner

WIRT COUNTY, W. Va. (WTAP) - A domestic abuse survivor is now a new homeowner thanks to a local organization.

Celena Roby and her two sons have the keys to their new home in Wirt County built by Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley.

After suffering years of domestic abuse, Roby drafted legislation making it a misdemeanor to intentionally restrain someone against their will.

Celena's Law was signed into law in 2011.

Six years later, Roby says moving into a new home is her fresh start.

"Today was a very emotional day," she said.

"Because I saw all my family and my friends and all the people that have supported us in this journey. I would not have been able to get here today had it not been for those people. It's been a long journey, from being a survivor of domestic violence to trying to find our way and build a life for the boys and I and now we're celebrating this wonderful day of finally getting home."

This is the 97th home Habitat for Humanity has built in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

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