"Most other counties don't even entertain the idea of a non-violent contact order because a non-violent contact order is an order that says it's okay to have contact with somebody as long as it's not violent," said Kerry Hyatt Blomquist of the Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Advocates tell WISH-TV that there has been a growing trend in Marion County to issue a "non-violent contact order." In addition to beating another woman last fall, Carl Wills had the following run-ins with his ex-wife over the last several months according to the Star:
In June 2007, Wills knocked on the door of his ex-wife’s Winterberry Drive apartment. When she did not answer, according to a report, he slashed a tire on her car.
In April 2007, Wills kicked in the door of April Wills’ apartment in the 3600 block of Green Ash Court, according to another report, and fled the scene before police arrived.
In January 2006, police arrested Wills for domestic battery after he reportedly punched April in the face and body at an apartment in the 4200 block of Majestic Lane.
Not surprisingly, Wills had a prior conviction for reckless homicide from 1992. According to the Star, he served 7 years of his 8-year sentence.