I do not want to sound callous or condecending but in all three of these cases there was long time evidence of violence and sings that this could take place. A court order is just like OC in VA. Until something illegal is done the hands of the police are tied. The police not anyone else can protect you and if you truly have a fear as these ladies did you better make other arrangements besides a court order.
Now if they had been packing they might have been able to protect themselves but I doubt that it would have been successful for all three, maybe one or two. The best way to protect yourself from this type of violence is do something the first time it happens andnot endure it for 16 years.