As an adult, you have probably interacted with dogs more times than you could count. Based on your own experiences, you probably feel relatively confident interacting with almost any dog you might meet. However, people are not born with this knowledge.
Lady Justice is supposed to be blind -- but it seems that judges and juries definitely aren't when it comes to noticing whether or not a defendant in a felony trial is black or white.
When you're living under a constant threat of violence and a cloud of uncertainty about your future, the process of obtaining a protective order against your abuser be intimidating.