Focal Point: Paper-Thin Promise

Posted June 14, 2006
Updated September 24, 2012

Original Air Date: June 14, 2006

Domestic violence protective orders are designed to keep abusers away from their victims. They work most of the time, but advocates for the victims of domestic violence estimate that close to 30 percent of abusers violate the order and that many times, the issuance of the order itself prompts the abusers to commit violence against the victims.

WRAL’s Focal Point documentary, "Paper-Thin Promise," looks at why protective orders often fail to protect victims of domestic violence and what can be done to make them more effective.

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  • crash Dec 29, 2006

    Protective orders do not always work. If someone is so enraged and they want to get to you, they will. The police can not be at your home or business 24/7 trying to keep tabs on a person with a protective order. You take the time to go and get one of these but you are constantly watching your back wondering when this person is going to show up and in most cases kill you. I do not know what the answer is. Because from what I've seen in the past, if the person wants to get to you they can and they will. It's very scary and it's awful to have to live scared to death everyday because of someone who at one time was your husband or boyfriend or even wife or girlfriend. Really law enforcements the majority of the time can't do anything until the person either attacks the other person or if someone calls and tells them the person is in the area. It's scary.