Sue Curtis, executive director of Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice/LAWS (Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter), said she's most concerned with individuals that have used divorce to escape an abusive situation.
"From a Loudoun perspective, I'm especially concerned for women who get divorced, who are now out of abusive relationships, but have children and must continue for a long number of years to have contact with the abusive person.It is at this time that many women become victims of violence and death because this [abusive] person no longer has access to abuse them," Curtis
said."In the case of women and men who were married but are now divorced, the victim would no longer be able to apply for a protective order."
If the proposed amendment is passed, its opponents say, the Virginia courts would likely follow the example set in Ohio.
"When we help women get protective orders, there is all this collaboration that goes into it," Curtis
also spoke of the effect this would have on children caught in the crossfire.