Bully Hit With Restraining Order Via Facebook
Aussie cops go online to reach man who harassed ex
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff | Suggested by Revenge_of_Mint
Posted Oct 20, 2010 4:30 AM CDT
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(Newser) – When Australian police couldn't find a man who was harassing his ex-partner, they served him with a restraining order using the same medium he was bullying her in: Facebook. A police officer, with a court's approval, filmed himself reading the order and sent the video to the man's Facebook account, the Age reports. The order, which was deemed served, also required the man to take down his account.

Police say that when they caught up with the man, he confirmed that the messages had been received. The harassment has now stopped. "We used the same methods to catch up with the offending person as he used to contact the victim in the first place. Police will always pursue traditional means to enforce the law and to protect the community, but we won't shy away from innovative methods," the officer said. ‘‘The victim is very happy with the concept because she’s got the protection of that order now.’’

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kokuaguy
Oct 20, 2010 8:08 PM CDT
Every large city has organizations that provide counseling, legal services, and support free of charge. Google "domestic violence" to find out about programs in your area, and make contact with organizations like domesticviolence.org.
JoeQ
Oct 20, 2010 12:49 PM CDT
Restraining orders only work if the person being served is halfway civilized. If the person is violent then a restraining order is worthless. They cost you money. They have to be served successfully to even legally apply and if they don't get served you don't get your money back. Then, if the person violates the restraining order, you have to collect some hard evidence that it happened and hand that proof over to the cops, doing all their work for them. Then the cops can decide arbitrarily that the evidence was not good enough and then they can still do nothing for you if they feel like it. Then if the person is violent they can just kill you anyway. The cops sort of don't care. It is your problem not theirs. If you end up dead it just becomes an interesting murder investigation which they enjoy doing. Unfortunately, if you are being hounded by someone who is violent or dangerous you are better off taking a CCW class and learning how to legally use lethal force to defend yourself.