During the month of October football players wear hot pink gloves or shoes, the post office has special breast cancer stamps and coffee shops have hot pink sleeves covering their cups to remind people that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. No color has been designated by the media to represent domestic violence, but it is important to remember that October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Georgia and across the nation.
Domestic violence is a serious issue for many relationships across the country affecting and harming people physically, mentally and emotionally. If you are being abused, it is important to be aware of resources you can use to protect yourself. An order of protection is one resource that can be utilized by a person in an abusive relationship. A spouse or ex-spouse (and others depending on the law of your state) can file a civil request with the court and a judge will determine whether the circumstances would warrant an order of protection.
The order of protection works as a shield, protecting the victim from abusive acts of the offender ranging from physical contact all the way to contact through electronic sources including telephone and internet or even a third party. It is important to understand what its purpose is in order to understand how it can protect the victim.
The order, as said above, works like a shield to minimize the risk of abuse by legally requiring no contact between the parties. Victims should understand that they could also violate the order if they voluntarily make contact with the alleged offender. One court judge admitted that it is not uncommon for victims to file for an order and then remain in contact with the offender, defeating the orders purpose. The judge also reminded women that they should call the police when contact is made because the paper would not be effective without a little self-help.
Source: MontgomeryAdvertiser.com “Proper Restraint: Protection orders ‘a shield, not a sword‘ Scott Johnson 10/19/10