Homicide victim had recently filed order of protection

By Alyssa Donovan

November 7, 2013 Updated Nov 7, 2013 at 1:07 PM CDT

Police said Phuovone Sophanavong kidnapped his wife by driving by her work and forcing her into her car even though she had an order of protection against him.

However, police said they do not want her death to be a deterrent for others who need that protection.

"An order of protection is designed to do just that, protect,” said Pekin Police Detective Mike Eeton.

Laongdao Phangthong filed an order of protection against her husband on September 24, less than 2 months before her tragic death.

The document states that she had moved out of the couple's Peoria home and that her husband had threatened to kill her if she did not return.

"There were some instances listed in that order even involving a weapon,” Detective Eeton said.

He said police need to be contacted every time an abuser violates the order.

"We always make arrests on a violation of an order of protection when they are in place,” he said.

But in this case police were contacted too late.

Phangthong is one of nearly 2,000 victims that have filed an order of protection in the tri-county area this year.

Tazewell County State's Attorney Stewart Umholtz said in addition to the court order, victims can seek other assistance if they feel it's necessary.

"That's just one of the tools available to help enhance personal safety. In that situation a piece of paper is not going to stop a bullet. But we urge anyone involved in a domestic dispute to utilize all tools out there. One of the great tools is the Center for Prevention of Abuse,” Umholtz said.

Center Executive Director Martha Herm said in most cases an order of protection does work.

"It's very important to file because it works in most cases, I'm going to say 98 percent of the time. Domestic violence is all about power and control and there are a few people who want that so absolutely they don't care what the police say they don't care what the courts say,” Herm said.

The Center for Prevention of Abuse can help you file an order of protection. If you file an order on your own and feel that it is not enough to keep you safe, contact the center at 1-800-559-SAFE. The help line is open 24 hours a day.

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