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.