New Tools Add Protection for TN Domestic Violence Victims
A law enforcement officer can now seek an order of protection against an alleged attacker on victim's behalf with the victim's consent. And if that person used or tried to use deadly force, then the order of protection from police becomes automatic.
"We are getting lots of calls from law enforcement and court clerks and others about how this is going to work," said Kathy Walsh, the executive director of Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence.
Walsh said public officials need to know how to handle the changes, and as a result, the nonprofit is offering training to courts and law enforcement.
"I think in order to ensure that it works seamlessly that there needs to be some training for law enforcement and courts on this particular part on the order of protection," said Walsh.