What are the limitations of protective orders?

The most recent studies indicate that filing for protective orders actually decreases violence in the overwhelming majority of cases.  Although protective orders are extremely helpful in curbing many forms of violence and preliminary stalking behavior, they are not bulletproof shields.  Therefore, it is EXTREMELY important that when obtaining a protective order, that a petitioner seek the advice of an advocate regarding safety planning and other resources within the community that will be able to provide assistance, just in case.

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