On March 7th, in Arlington Heights, IL, Cindy Bischof was shot dead in a parking lot by her ex-boyfriend, an ex-boyfriend she had taken all the legal precautions to protect herself against. She had rendered a two-year order of protection against him, the strictest possible measure, which he had violated. He was sent to prison for two months; however, it was after he was released that he killed Cindy.
"In certain cases, a protective court order is not enough and the only viable option is for a woman to either enter a shelter or relocate, experts say."
Women are being forced to completely relocate their lives and even change their names in order to avoid potential violence from their ex-partners. This is unacceptable. If the laws are failing, the laws need to be changed. Period.
However, other than locking up people with the potential to commit these crimes, how can women be protected?