How can a protective order help?
A protective order helps in a number of ways. Number one, it puts the offender on notice that there is other eyes watching. Also, you can register protective orders with the local law enforcement, and you go onto a list or a database. Then if a call comes from that resident with those parties, then the law enforcement is on a heightened alert to take action. So something’s already happened, and they know to go and treat that at a higher level. There is also a different type of domestic protection order in our state, and that’s one that’s registered with the Secretary of State’s office, and that takes a particular type of filing. It also goes into databases, and that type of domestic abuse protection order can interfere with person’s rights to own firearms.