The family has accepted help from Mar­garet B. Drew, a vis­iting law pro­fessor at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity School of Law and a national expert in domestic vio­lence, who believes Waters should have received court protection.

Alisha’s injuries could have been pre­vented with proper imple­men­ta­tion of the existing DVO statute,” Drew said. “The mis­in­ter­pre­ta­tion of civil pro­tec­tion order statutes is a problem all over the country.”

In Waters’ case, a DVO could have stopped Mathis from buying a gun. He shot Waters within 24 hours of pur­chasing the gun.

Judges, lawyers (and) the gen­eral public do not under­stand the seri­ous­ness of stalking behavior and do not con­nect stalking with a high risk of harm to the person being stalked,” Drew said.

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