Thursday, October 17, 2013

Do Court Orders Protect from Violence or Can They Potentially Increase its Threat?

“Litigation: A machine which you go into as a pig and come out of as a sausage.”
– Ambrose Bierce
New York City Mediation Law Attorney Alla Roytberg of discusses court orders and their lack of protection against domestic violence.Do any of you see disturbing patterns in recent news? Patterns where people who, as it turns out later, have mental health issues, end up snapping and committing murder? These patterns are not limited to our country and unfortunately, they are becoming more and more frequent, especially in the area of family disputes.
In September 2013, a man kidnapped his small children in Tel Aviv, Israel, and ended up throwing them off an 11-story building, then taking his own life. That man, whose name was Eli Gur was estranged from his wife. After being found “unfit for duty” and released from the police force, Gur lost his mother and was living with his brother in her house. There was a restraining order in place and he could only visit his children under a social worker’s supervision. However, the court order did not prevent him from storming into his wife’s home, choking her, snatching the children and taking off. Click here to read more.


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  2. The story in Tel Aviv is harrowing. What a horrifying story!