What SAFE Stands For
Stay out of the fight
Ask for the help
Find an adult who will listen
Everyone knows it's not your fault
A Protection Order is a document issued by a court to help you protect yourself from someone who is abusing or harassing you. This order will generally state that someone is prohibited from having contact with you.
A Protection Order is generally issued for a period of time and is commonly referred to as a Temporary Protection Order, or TPO.
For you a protection order can:
Set limits: It can require an abuser to keep away from you, your home, your place of work, and under special conditions, your children. A Protection Order can also prohibit the abuser from contacting you in person, by phone, by mail, or through 3rd parties.
Send a strong message: Getting a Protection Order lets the abuser know you won't put up with abusive behavior.
An abuser can be arrested for violating the provisions set forth in a Protection Order, but it is not always possible to prevent a violation. It is important to always keep a copy of the order with you and to contact the police immediately if it is violated.
For more information about Protective Orders or to apply for an order, please contact the COBB County Magistrate Court at 770-528-8931.