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More ways to protect abused [Letter]

The recent editorial on strengthening domestic violence restraining orders documents the effectiveness of such orders ("End the abuse," Feb. 2). Here are some ways that also could prevent/end abuse.

•Strengthen the laws in states that consider tissue damage such as severe bruises misdemeanors and only issue restraining orders if there is damage to organs such as the spleen, a green light to abusers.

•Create laws to stop people such as some judges from holding victims responsible as having provoked the abuse.

•Provide for those abused who are financially/emotionally dependent to receive financial and personal counsel to raise self-esteem, learn to make better choices and become independent.

•Teach more consumer math and job skills to children and adolescents in school and also teach them when and how to say no early on.

•Note that some who prosecute such cases stated on public television that some abusers who have threatened to kill the abused if they leave, when they do leave, ignore restraining orders then hunt them down and kill them. Therefore, let some agencies offer the same protection to the abused in some cases as FBI informants receive in witness protection programs.

Hilda Coyne, Baltimore

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