2.6 Targeted Topic: Restraining Orders – Worth the Paper They’re Written on?

Most of the time when we hear about domestic violence in the news, it’s because something tragic happened.  Usually it’s a perpetrator who assaulted a target, causing extreme injury or even death, such as in the case of Tracey Thurman when Buck stabbed her 13 times and stomped on her while a police officer did not intervene.

Sometimes targets will go through the legal system for protection, as Tracey Thurman did, and obtain a restraining order against their abuser.

We don’t hear about the times when the restraining orders work, we usually hear about the times when the perpetrator violates it and causes damage.

This brings us to some important questions. Are restraining orders worth more than the paper they’re written on?  Is it wise to try and obtain one?  Or will it just make matters worse?

Today’s episode is a Targeted Topic, a stand-alone episode that you can listen to even if you’re not familiar with the domestic violence case we’ve been covering this season.


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