Focal Point: Paper-Thin Promise

Posted June 14, 2006 3:45 p.m. EDT
Updated September 24, 2012 6:11 p.m. EDT

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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