Victims drop one-third to one-half of PFAs

By Pilar Pedraza
Mar 25, 2014

A domestic violence victim had filed a protection from abuse order from her husband, but never processed the case.

But it’s not that unusual.

Ed trusty, Sedgwick County Court Services, paid between 30 and 50 percent will not follow through with the order. That’s exactly what happened between a man accused of shooting his wife and two children Monday night.

Officers arrested Pettix McMillan hours after the shooting. He’s being held for three counts of attempted first-degree murder. Police said the victims are expected to survive.

Court records filed by the victim reveal McMillan’s had threatened to kill her and harm “everybody in the house” as recently as two months ago.

The victim filed petitions for Protection from Abuse in 2011 and 2014. However, in neither case did she complete the process to receive a final PFA from the court.

Trusty said one of the big reasons they are never finished is because of fear.

“We really encourage them to come, even if they’re concerned for their safety,” Trusty said. “Then we provide the walk out to the car after the hearing is over with.”

The protection from abuse order gives police something to work with.

If a person shows up at the residence, they can call 911 and police can come out and serve them, remove the person from the home, or arrest them if they have to for violating the order.

Protection from abuse orders can be done temporarily or extended for one or two years, even life if there’s significant abuse.

The YMCA crisis center said about 10 to 15 women per week inquire about protection from abuse orders.