Justice System Policy Brief Series: Protection Orders and Survivors

Wider Opportunities for Women

October 1, 2012
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As the primary tool for securing physical safety, protection orders must also account for a survivor’s economic needs. This can be accomplished in three ways. First, orders can offer the support to leave a relationship and be independent and safe. Next, protection orders allow a victim to keep going to school or work and avoid relocating, which protects her economic stability. Lastly, protection orders can provide financial restitution for the costs of the crimes.