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Protection Order Does Not Save Woman -- She Does


A protection order cannot ensure your safety. You must be able to defend yourself.

You can’t always rely on an order of protection for your safety.  This case of a Cincinnati women protecting herself and her five children against a violent ex-boyfriend is a case in point. 


When the predator kicked in a window air-conditioner and then broke through a front window – at 4:30 in the morning -- the woman actively defended herself. 


“Thank goodness she had a Concealed Carry Permit and was able to defend herself and her five children," Hamilton County Prosecutor Attorney Joseph Deters commented. “It is hard to imagine what might have happened to her or her children if she had not been able to protect herself and her family.”


Many estranged spouses and significant others are deterred by legal orders of protection. But, then again, sometimes the most violent and determined predators are often least likely to be stopped by a piece of paper. 

Take Action


If you have a violent ex, you cannot deny the reality of their motivation and ability to hurt you.


You must take active measures to make your environment as safe as you can:

  • Report all threatening and criminal acts to police.

  • Get help from your family and friends.

  • Tell your work about the threat.

  • Change your living conditions.

  • Get self-defense training. 

You are worth the effort.