Domestic violence can happen to anyone. However, it most frequently happens to couples residing at the same residence, and, statistically, the victims are typically women. Protection orders are available to anyone who believes they are a victim of domestic violence. There are many different kinds of protection orders and they can be enforced based on Georgia state law.

Protections orders can range from short to long term. An emergency protection order is meant to provide help to victims in the short term, when a recent situation of domestic violence puts the person in a dangerous or unhealthy situation. One or both parties may be asked to leave the home, or, in some cases, emergency protection orders take effect after a person has been arrested for domestic violence. The EPO gives the victim of domestic violence time to get a more long-term protection order.

The long-term protection order lasts anywhere from one to five years, or even for the lifetime of the victim. The provisions that may be included are a no-contact clause that prohibits the abuser from calling, texting, stalking or disturbing the victim. It could also include a provision that orders the abuser to stay away from the victim, usually at a minimum of 100 yards.

The protection order could also include children or other family members. Any provisions, like a no-contact clause, would also apply to them. Pets could even be included if it’s believed that the abuser would intentionally harm a pet to torment their victim. If you have been affected by domestic violence, consider how a protection order could help you and your family.