I checked Gildersleeve, and found the compound verbs that take dat. were generally with
ad-, ante-, con-, in-, inter-, ob-, post-, prae-, sub-, super- (sec. 347,)
but it was written that occasionally compound transitive verbs with
de-, ex-, ab-
were found with dat. (and the dat. could be translated "from") (sec. 347. Remark 5.).
In the example sentence the dat. were persons, not things, as you say, Grochojad
, this question was again raised when I was reading the booklet of a medieval song CD.
she kept away the engagement with any man from herself
desponsationem viri sibi abstraxit
I checked abstraho in L&S but I couldn't find a clear statement and sample sentence of the usage with dat..