Restraining orders

The number of domestic problems between married couples seems to be on the rise as indicated by the high divorce rate.  However, for many couples getting divorced does not end the relationship problems.  In some cases one spouse, usually the husband, constantly harasses the other even after they have separated.  As a result, the husband may be served with a restraining order.  “Restraining orders are court documents ordering someone to stop certain behavior, such as threats or stalking,” (Cadrain, 2002).  Usually, the restraining order also requires the person served with the order to keep a certain physical distance away from the person who requested the order.

Unfortunately, just because someone was served with a restraining order does not mean he will abide by it.  In many cases, husbands simply ignore the orders and harm or even kill their wives.  Therefore, I think that the laws pertaining to restraining orders are ineffective.  When a man is determined to harm his wife, a legal document is not going to stop him.  “Protection orders do not supersede the laws of the jungle,” (Corry, 2002).

In my opinion, the laws should be changed to better ensure safety.  One way to do this is to require the husband and the wife to both wear some type of monitor bracelet programmed to sound an alarm if they come within a certain distance of each other.  I believe this would be much more effective than a piece of paper.

References

Cadrain, D. (2002).  And Stay Out! Using Restraining Orders

Can Be an Effective and Proactive Way of Preventing

Workplace Violence.  HR Magazine, August 2002.

Corry, C.E. (2002). Protection Orders Do Not Protect. Retrieved March 6, 2007, from

http://www.dvmen.org/dv-14.htm