Are restraining orders enough?

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Restraining orders are court orders given to keep two people separated. Generally, a restraining order prevents the perpetrator from entering areas where the victim resides, such as their home or work. However, it is shown that people who intend to commit violent acts against the victim will not stop purely because of a restraining order (ABCnews). One proposed solution to prevent this would be to implement a tracking anklet, such as those used in house arrests, to track the location of the aggressor, and notify police if the boundaries of the restraining order are crossed. This article shows the benefits that can come by enforcing these restraining orders through GPS tracking means. Other people believe that people should not have to be tracked solely because they have a restraining order against them (bbesq). This idea, however, is flawed. To get a restraining order, one must have had violence or a threat of violence. It is shown that violence from previous lovers is a serious cause of death to many women in America, many of who have restraining orders against them. With GPS tracking, we may be able to prevent the loss of life that can happen from being unable to enforce restraining orders due to the lack of GPS.

Restraining Orders

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Restraining order effectiveness has been questioned over the years, as love disputed end tragically for women who felt protected by restraining orders. In the USA, women often meet violent, tragic ends after a relationship falls through.

Women get restraining orders to make themselves feel safe, knowing that the ex-lover is not allowed near them. However, this is a disadvantage, as the restraining orders do not directly help, but rather offer a placebo of sorts. The current solution is to require those who have restraining orders to wear a GPS tracker, so when they enter the area of a victim, the police are alerted preemptively.

People may see this as a blatant invasion of privacy, which is a valid point. However, the GPS trackers that have been used do not record video or audio, and can only broadcast the location of the perpetrator. Having a way for police officers to be automatically alerted to the problem when a person enters a zone where their restraining order covers allows for an immediate, preemptive response.

This solution offers a promising secure future to those who need to keep people out of their lives. This solution is not extremely expensive, as a computer can track multiple people’s locations without much difficulty, and the cost is not extreme either. I wholeheartedly believe that something like this can work in my community, as having a way to enforce restraining orders when needed.