Woman afraid of ex-boyfriend after violation of DVOs


by WHAS11


Posted on November 19, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 19 at 7:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- One woman says she fears for her life after her ex-boyfriend was released from jail last week even though she’s now married to a police officer.

The man has a criminal history that is three pages long.

Elizabeth Sievert says she is scared to death and is stuck in a cycle of violence that she doesn’t know how to stop.

"He's threatened to blow my brains out. He told me if I left him I've taken my last breath but he still walks. What's it going to take? Me dead for them to put him behind bars for life?" Elizabeth said.

Elizabeth Sievert is in a panic.

Her ex-boyfriend, who WHAS11 is not identifying, was just released from jail after serving time for a gun violation.

According to his criminal history, he broke his domestic violence order several times in October and in August.

"Jefferson County you're just another piece of paper you're just another number is what it appears to her and the rest of the victims and it's not right," Elizabeth’s husband,  Michael Sievert said.

Michael happens to be a police officer who also served with the Jefferson County Sheriff''s Department.

The boyfriend's wrap sheet dates back to 1991 including repeated charges of wanton endangerment, assaulting a police officer, aggravated assault against a spouse, harassment and terroristic threatening.

Lt. Col. Carl Yates showed WHAS11 thousands of weapons seized after DVOs and EPOs are served.

There are all types of rifles, handguns, assault weapons and even knives, daggers and collector's swords

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department serves 8,000 Domestic Violence Orders a year.

"Our job is to make sure that the person is served and brought to court and at that point on let the justice system do its job," Lt. Col. Carl Yates said.

WHAS11 talked to the Division Chief of the Domestic Violence Unit at the Jefferson County Attorney's Office.

They prosecute 4,500 cases a year and say the justice system is only one part of keeping victims safe.

"We are constantly talking and referring victims to the Center for Women and Families. Trying to encourage them to get as strong of a safety plan as they can,” Susan Ely, who is the Domestic Violence Unit Chief with the Jefferson County Attorney's Office, said.

But Elizabeth says she's taken the steps to keep herself safe and can only hope her ex doesn't come after her again.

"These men go to jail for a day and they get back out and they're angry and they want to come after the woman," Elizabeth said.

A violation of a DVO can be punished with one year behind bars.

The Jefferson County Attorney’s Office says to call them for advice on how domestic violence victims can protect themselves in addition to DVOs and EPOs.