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Murder victim did have TPO against ex-boyfriend

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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

November 5, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Murder victim Rashonda Dowell who was killed on Wednesday did have a temporary protective order against her suspected killer, but it wasn't enough to save her.

Places like the Liberty House help abused women in obtaining temporary protective orders against their attackers.

They say it can help victims if they get one and call the police when it's broken.

But advocates who want to stop domestic violence say laws against people who break those orders need to be more strict.

"The laws are not stringent enough, and people tend to get out of jail and bond out in several hours or several days after being incarcerated and it makes it difficult," said Silke Deeley, Liberty House Executive Dir,

A Temporary Protective Order must be issued by a judge.

Advocates at domestic violence shelters or your local district attorney's office can help you get a TPO.

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