Expert says identifying red flags and escaping is key for domestic violence victims’ survival

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- According to Clinton police, Sandra Sutton didn't have an order of protection against James Horn Jr. We saw a lot of comments on FOX 4's Facebook page from viewers wondering why she didn't.

FOX 4's Megan Brilley sat down with a woman who works closely with domestic violence victims, and she says it's because to them a restraining order is nothing more than a piece of paper.

Evi Craig works with domestic violence victims at Restart Inc. She told us in extremely violent cases, such as Sandra Sutton's, women feel a restraining order will do nothing but further agitate the violent partner.

Craig says in most cases, like Sutton, where the relationship is serious it is extremely hard for women to escape. She says leaving immediately after red flags is critical.

"You really have to say I have to have enough sense of who I am and independence outside of this relationship that when things are not good, I have to get out of this," Craig said.

If you or someone you know is being abused, call 911 or the National Domestic Violence hotline at 1-800-799-7233. You can also visit its website by clicking this link.