The limits of ex parte restraining orders

Lauren Sardi

A recent incidence of domestic violence in Connecticut has led to greater scrutiny of restraining orders against intimate partners. Lori Gellatly of Oxford was killed by her estranged husband, just weeks after a similar incident in New Britain. In the Oxford case, a judge had issued an ex parte restraining order which, unlike a full restraining order, does not prohibit possession of a firearm. 

Lauren Sardi, assistant professor of sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences, is available to comment.

"This incident unfortunately highlights a tragic pattern of the perpetuation of men's violence against women," Sardi said. "These events, including the murder of Maren Sanchez, are not isolated incidences, but rather are part of the consequences of living in a society that teaches and endorses an explicit connection between violence and masculinity, and it also highlights one of the various ways in which our laws fail to protect potential victims of these tragedies."

To speak to Sardi, please call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, at 203-206-4449 (cell) or 203-582-5359 (office).

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