Protective orders: Questions and conundrums

T. K. Logan, Lisa Shannon, Robert Walker, Teri Marie Faragher

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Current media portrayal of protective orders is often negative, focusing on weaknesses in how protective orders are obtained and enforced. This review of research findings on protective orders examines issues and suggests areas in need of future research to clarify and improve public policy. More specifically, this review has five main objectives: (a) to provide background information about partner violence and the need for protective orders; (b) to describe what protective orders are, how many women obtain them, and the advantages and disadvantages of obtaining protective orders; (c) to examine characteristics of women who seek protective orders; (d) toexplore research on whether protective orders actually increase women's safety; and(e) to highlight opportunities and gaps in the practice and research literature regarding theuse of protective orders for women with violent partners or ex-partners.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-205
Number of pages31
JournalTrauma, Violence, and Abuse
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2006


  • Domestic violence
  • Partner violence
  • Protective orders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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