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What Is Wrong With Mutual Orders of Protection?  

Author:  Joan Zorza, J.D..

Source: Volume 01, Number 02, Fall 2008 , pp.127-134(8)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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In an attempt to appear “fair” to both parties, some courts will issue Mutual Orders of Protection to abusive husbands and their wives. These are meant to acknowledge that both parties might be violent towards each other and should therefore be protected from each other. There are, however, a number of problems with these types of orders. As the author notes, chief among their drawbacks is that they discriminate against women and fail to hold abusers accountable for their actions. Unfortunately, women may end up being in greater danger—or even jail—after a Mutual Order of Protection is obtained. Children too are endangered by these orders and may end up in foster care, or in the permanent care of their abusive parent.


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