Domestic violence advocates say these types of situations should make people aware of how serious and dangerous people can be.
WAKE FOREST, N.C. -
A Wake County woman remains hospitalized after being shot Wednesday night by her estranged husband.
Police say Nathan Holden shot Latonya Holden and her parents at their house during an incident near Wendell Wednesday night. The parents, Sylvester and Anglia Taylor, died as a result of the shooting. Nathan Holden has been charged with two counts first-degree murder, the Wake County Sheriff Office confirmed.
Court documents show Latonya Holden had a restraining order against Nathan Holden.
Domestic violence advocates say these types of situations should make people aware of how serious and dangerous people can be.The protective order Latonya Holden filed states Nathan Holden threatened his estranged wife and her children with physical violence in January. It also says he threatened to kill himself.
Stephanie Francis with Interact, an agency that helps domestic violence victims, says a protective order can be a useful tool but there's more to it than getting a piece of paper.
"It has its limitations and part of what we need to encourage folks to do as they get protective orders is to let people know that they have it," she said. "They have to let their places of employment know that this protective order is in place. I think that there are efforts to look at what can be done to make a protective order as effective as possible, but for the most part I think the way they are a facilitated here in N.C. is pretty standard."
Wake County Clerk of Superior Court Lorrin Freeman says steps are being taken to improve the whole process for restraining orders.
"The laws are pretty strong in terms of once that violence protective order is entered. It is sent out to law enforcement. It's entered into a national database, any violations of that protective order are grounds for immediate arrest," she said. "Often the challenge is for the victim to have a path to safety and the domestic violence protective order is a really important piece to that but they often also need resources in finding a new place to live and things like that."
If you or someone you know is involved in a domestic violence situation and you are looking for help, contact Interact at 919-828-7501.