Protecting Domestic Violence Victims Is Now Easier

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Victims of domestic violence are finding it easier to keep their attackers away.

Free protective order kits are now available in the Brazos Valley with the victim in mind. The kits come with step by step instructions for victims to understand how to fill out a protective order.

Peggy Zaongo is the program director for Phoebe's Home. She says since these kits have been available, they've had a hard time keeping them on the shelf.

"We've had more younger individuals, and when I say younger I mean 18 to 25, that have been coming in and filing them. It means that the word is getting out there, domestic violence is a major issue and that people don't have to be harassed or stalked," says Zaongo.

A protective order is designed to stop violent and harassing behavior and to protect the victim and the victim's family members from an abuser. Abusers who violate certain parts of a protective order can be arrested.

Rod Anderson works for the county attorney's office. He says many victims fear the unknown and this free kit may help those better understand the process.

"If a judge says stay away or says don't be violent, they violate that then police officers has probable cause to believe they could go to jail. They don't have to go back to a judge, don't have to get a warrant, so that's the tool, that's the strength of a protective order," says Anderson.

While a protective order is used to protect, Anderson says a protective order isn't always a guarantee.

"Obviously, there not a shield and its not gonna do anything in it of itself. But what it does do and most of the time judges will do in these situations is tell the person don't go around the other person, don't be violent to them and that kind of thing," says Anderson.

These kits are available at Phoebe's Home, law enforcement agencies and even online.