On December 18th, a 32 yr old mother in Domestic Township, New Jersey was murdered by her husband with a history of domestic abuse. The woman obtained a temporary restraining order and went back for a permanent order to keep her husband from her and her children.
Robert Bianchi, a defense attorney and former prosecutor for Morris County, says it's crucial that restraining orders are effective. "Today's domestic violence is tomorrow's homicide," Bianchi says.
"It is one of the more preventable crimes," Bianchi said. He estimates that 40 to 50 percent of murders have some background as a domestic violence case.
Bianchi would like to see new laws that treats those who have abused a spouse similar to the way those on probation are treated -- with electronic monitoring and testing for drug abuse or mental illness. This way, there can be a record of the person violating the restraining order and police can be quickly notified before a potentially violent situation occurs.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in America, one woman is fatally shot by a spouse, ex-spouse or dating partner every 14 hours. A restraining order is an important tool in an overall strategy to protect yourself from an abusive partner. Among the suggestions on the NACD site, the organization suggests planning ahead to ensure you are prepared when it is time to leave your situation.
They also suggest creating a personal safety plan with phone numbers, names and other important information you will need to transition to a safer situation for you and your children. Getting out of a domestic violence situation is possible with the correct planning and tools, like a restraining order and the other methods described on the NACD site and other domestic violence sites and local support groups.
32.9 % of California women experience intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner sexual violence and/or intimate partner stalking in their lifetimes .We can improve these statistics by working together.