Temporary Protective Orders (TPO)s
As a victim of family violence, you may qualify for a Temporary Protective Order (TPO).
A TPO is a civil order of protection. It can order a batterer to have no contact with you and/or your children, make the batterer leave the home, and possibly pay child support.
To get a TPO, you must apply in the county where the abuser lives.
To obtain a TPO in Rockdale County, call 770-929-4023 and make an appointment, or come by the Rockdale County Courthouse, Room 205-C.
If you get a Temporary Protective Order . . .
You must go to the final hearing scheduled when you apply for the TPO.
Keep it with you at all times. Take a copy to your child.s school and/or daycare center and to your place of employment.
The abuser cannot have any contact with you, including telephone, fax, e-mail, cards, letter, or flowers.
You cannot have any contact with the abuser unless ordered by a Superior Court Judge.
Only a Superior Court Judge can dismiss a TPO.
Call the police immediately if the abuser violates the TPO. Show the police your copy of the TPO. Violation of a TPO may be a criminal offense.