Domestic violence is rampant in Minnesota and the US as a whole, and the number of cases has seen a dramatic uptick during the COVID-19 pandemic. A likely contributing factor? Victims and abusers in closer proximity more often and/or for longer periods of time during (semi)lockdown.
For those who are able to maintain distance from a problematic relationship, protective orders are often put into place in order to prevent physical acts of domestic violence and other forms of harassment such as stalking.
The majority of protective orders do stem from genuine threats to a victim’s physical safety and are urgently needed to keep victims and their children safe. However, domestic violence accusations and protective orders are occasionally abused by some [...]