Re: “Protective orders don’t protect from gun violence” (TNT, 3-18).
I would like to see the focus of public and media attention broaden from gun control to actual protection in intimate partner violence cases.
The Spanaway man who allegedly killed his wife last week did not use a gun. His earlier act of nearly suffocating her got him exactly one day in jail. Fifteen years as a social services and mental health professional have shown me that gun use is just one of many ways that people facing protection orders continue to stalk, harass, threaten, injure and kill those who seek protection from them.
When we combine effective mental health services with vigorous enforcement of laws that tolerate none of those behaviors, we may begin to have a positive impact on intimate partner violence and the traumatic ripple effect that it has on our communities.