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County implements new safety tool for domestic abuse victims

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MADISON (WKOW)-- There's a new tool to help protect domestic violence victims in Dane County and it's about to spread statewide. It's called the VINE Protective Order Service.

It allows victims to get a phone call or an email letting them know a protective order, like a temporary restraining order, is now in effect.

The time immediately after a restraining order is served can be especially dangerous for the victim because the person receiving the order may not know an order was issued and sometimes reacts violently.

“I think it'll change from the standpoint of empowering victims of domestic violence, to have more control over their environment, knowing when perpetrators of domestic violence have been served restraining orders and other civil papers, in essence providing more safety and security,” said Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney.

If the order includes a firearm restriction, the victim will be notified when the firearms are surrendered.

The executive director of the Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, Shannon Barry, says it's another tool victims can use and it adds clarity to the process.

“I think the more information victims have available to them about, you know, how their case may be moving through the court system, the better,” Barry said. “I think a lot of times a lot of fear comes from victim's when they don't understand how the civil court system works or how the criminal court system works.”

This system will be implemented across the entire state over the next two months.

You can sign up for the vine services online or by phone, 24-hours a day. The number is 1-855-948-7648 and the website is

To register you will need: the 12 digit CCAP case number, county that issued the TRO and the respondent’s first and last name.

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