Terri Heckman is the Executive Director of the Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit and Medina counties. She says protection orders are valuable tools, but victims need to do more to make them work.
While a civil or criminal protection order can be enforced by law enforcement, Heckman says women should also have a safety plan in place. Especially 48 hours after the order is served to the abuser, she’s most at risk.
Have safe shelter in place and contact a domestic violence crisis hotline to have someone guide you through the safety plan process.
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