The thing is, peace bonds can be implemented immediately IF IT CAN BE PROVEN IT'S AN EMERGENCY. I guess what bothers about this is that IT IS THE VICTIM that has to prove it's an emergent situation. When a peace bond is broken, the violator can face up to 2 years in jail. It just seems that unless the perpetrator stays within certain guidelines, very little can be done. The time the perpetrator chooses to cross those lines, it may be the victims last day on earth.
I suppose her options would have been to be on the move, find a different job, live somewhere else - if she considered him such a danger - not fair - but maybe more realistic?
somehow that doesn't seem right either - since he's the victimizer - he needed more effective help
Moving away, finding a different job, may be seen as prudent and realistic, but in a way the victim is penalized for being a victim. I agree, the victimizer needed more effective help in this situation.
(sorry but it's reminding me of another relatively recent situation where I live in which a woman's male co-worker was harassing her, she notified the employer, they staggered her work-leaving time, but he kidnapped her anyway in the parkade downtown, took her to his home, and murdered her)
there has to be something better for people who are being harassed
Don't apologize GingerSue, I agree there has to be something better for people who are being harassed. In this situation alot could have been done to protect Lori Dupont in the workplace, however it would not have stopped any attack outside of the work situation.
A lot of how I feel about this situation has to with the fact that I also worked at this facility and I was the victim of someone who was stalking me over the phone (this was late 80's, just as caller ID was being introduced) and this stalker also worked there. When I sought help from the police I inquired about tracing these calls, their response was that I change my number to an unlisted number. I was so frustrated and angry. I felt like the situation was treated as a "harmless" prank, this person indicated they knew where I lived, was specific in regards to things that happened at work, called me in the morning on days I was scheduled to work to let me know "he'd see me later," and threatened physical violence. All this information was relayed to the police and their response was "change you number."
What may have been different if Lori Dupont had gone to the police? Good question. Would they have been able to effectively protect her? Or have laws changed so little, that it still takes an act of agression before something is done.