Are protection orders enough for domestic violence victims?Posted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- A Super Bowl ad raised eyebrows and awareness on the issue of domestic violence. Sadly, for a Scottsdale woman, even an order of protection wasn't enough to keep her safe.
On Tuesday morning, Scottsdale police descended on a grisly murder-suicide scene, and word quickly spread among the domestic violence community.
"She did absolutely everything she could possibly do to stay safe. She got the order of protection. She thought she had the means to protect herself, and obviously it did not turn out well in this situation," said Allie Bones with the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence.
Sarah Drewer, 33, had been living in fear for years.
As recently as last Friday, guns were recovered from the Drewer home and a protection order was served.
3TV asked Libby Bissa with the Family Advocacy Center in Phoenix if that order was enough.
"A protective order is just a tool," Bissa said. "It is not going to save you from that individual violating the order or coming to your home or hurting you, but it allows law enforcement ... to be able to hold that individual accountable for those things."
Bissa says protective orders can actually be a trigger for increased violence and that victims need to make sure other precautions are taken as well.
"Advocacy centers kind of are able to provide a holistic approach to services, whether it just be an order of protection or also they need shelter, safety planning, legality assessments -- that kind of thing," she said.
Bones says if nothing else, awareness is key.
"We talk to them about changing up their routine, not being where the abuser might know where you're going to be at certain times of day," she said. "There are victim advocates who are out there waiting and wanting to help."
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