Paper is Not Mightier than the Sword – Protection from Spousal Abuse.

The July 7, 2014 edition of People describes a young couple’s murder at a high school reunion in East Peoria. Lori Moore’s ex-husband shot her and her new love in the head in front of 100 people. An off-duty FBI agent drew his gun and killed him before he could injure others.

Many women in Louisiana believe that a restraining order can protect them from an abusive former spouse or partner. It is important to realize that a court order is only a piece of paper.

If your spouse or lover is determined to injure you, paper will not get in the way. You should immediately report spousal abuse to the police. Legal proceedings such as petitions for restraining orders can provide some protection. But you should never rely on them as fool proof shields against violence.