In Georgia, there are different ways a victim of domestic violence or stalking could get legal help or protection. Getting a temporary protective order (“TPO”) against the abuser is one of these options. Many people refer to TPO as a “retraining order.” Obtaining a TPO is a civil action (as opposed to criminal prosecution.) A TPO is basically a court order that orders the abuser to stop the abuse or stalking. A TPO may also provide the victim with other help as well.

To get a temporary protective order issued against an abuser or stalker, you have to file a petition with the court. Then, you will be required to show the court (with evidence) why you need a TPO. If a TPO is issued, the TPO could be enforced by the court. Also, a violation of the TPO may be a crime as well.

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