In Oregon's Multnomah County, which includes Portland, court officials have set up a closed-link system at a domestic violence shelter where women can apply for a protective order from their abusers without having to risk leaving the safe house.The AP didn't even bother to call them ALLEGED abusers.
Needless to say, this procedure violates the constitutional right of the ALLEGED abuser to CONFRONT his accuser. Confront mean look her in the eye, in the flesh, in person. A TV screen doesn't cut it!
It is easy to lie when you are just checking boxes on a form, and not facing the consequences of your lies. There are good reasons for our centuries-old tradition of requiring parties to face each other in court.