No one deserves physical or mental abuse, violence, or injury, especially at the hands of a member of one's own household. Georgia Code §19-13-1 protects residents against acts of family violence. Under this law, victims can obtain a Temporary Protection Order (TPO) which is a written order from a court that tells the abuser to stop the abuse or face serious legal consequences. A TPO is enforceable throughout the State of Georgia, and even protects against indirect contact from the abuser.
To obtain a Temporary Protection Order in Henry County, contact Haven House. Haven House offers services to assist victims in obtaining a TPO. They can be reached by clicking on the Haven House link on the left or by calling 770-954-1008 Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 PM or through their 24 hour crisis line at 770-954-9229 or 1-800-334-2836. There is no charge for this service.
If a Judge signs a Temporary Protection Order, the Sheriff's Office will serve the abuser with a copy of the order. The order details the provisions of the TPO and notifies the abuser of a hearing date at which the Judge may issue a Family Violence Protection Order which is valid for 1 year (but can be extended for up to three years) or dismiss it altogether.
Call 911 to report violations of a TPO. If the abuser violates the order, he can be arrested and prosecuted, which may result in jail time and/or fines. Violation of a Family Violence Protection Order can be a felony offense under Georgia Code §§16-5-95 and 16-5-91 which carries penalties of imprisonment for up to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
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