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Editor: Margaret Ryznare
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Friday, April 23, 2010

U.S. Supreme Court Case Impacting Domestic Violence


Advocates for domestic violence victims are sounding the warning about a little-noticed U.S. Supreme Court case that they say could make it much harder for battered women and men to enforce restraining orders against their abusers.

 The case Robertson v. U.S. ex rel. Watson . . . challenges the way restraining orders are enforced in the District of Columbia. D.C. law allows victims themselves to bring criminal contempt charges when abusers infringe on a court order. At least 14 states have similar setups, according to an amicus brief filed by George Washington University Law School's Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project.

Read more about this pending Supreme Court case here.


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As opposed to the court doing it for them? Many victims of violence won't press charges. They are afraid to.

Posted by: CAPlastic Surgeon | Aug 31, 2010 2:43:48 PM

Regardless of whether the victims are afraid to or not we should not make it harder for victims to get restraining orders.

I mean, a restraining order is the first tool a victim has against an abuser, we shouldn't take that away.


Posted by: domestic violence victim columbus ohio | Aug 7, 2012 11:05:15 AM

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