Protective Orders

Temporary Protective Orders (TPOs) are available in Family Violence matters and Stalking matters. TPOs can provide relief for you in several different ways. A TPO may:

  1. Order the party to have no contact with you in person or by phone, at work, or anywhere (children may be included as protected parties);
  2. Evict the other party from the family home;
  3. Award temporary custody of minor children, child support, or visitation arrangements;
  4. Award spousal support;
  5. Order law enforcement to assist when the other party retrieves belongings from the home; and/or
  6. Remove firearms from other party.

The following criteria are necessary for a Family Violence TPO:

  1. The other party must live in DeKalb County in order to file the TPO in DeKalb County. If the other party lives in another county, you must contact the appropriate agency and Court where the other party resides. You must have the other party’s complete address.
  2. You must be a past spouse, present spouses, parents of the same child (unmarried parents), parent and child, stepparent and stepchild, foster parent and foster child, persons living in the same household, or persons formerly living in the same household.
  3. There must have been an incident of violence, threats against your life, criminal damage to your property, unlawful restraint, criminal trespass or incidents of stalking.
  4. You must be 18 years of age or have someone who is 18 years of age or older to file the petition on your behalf.
  5. The person you are filing against must be 18 years of age or older.

The following criteria are necessary for a Stalking TPO:

  1. The other party must live in DeKalb County in order to file the TPO in DeKalb County. If the other party lives in another county, you must contact the appropriate agency and Court where the other party resides. You must have the other party’s complete address.
  2. There must have been incidents of stalking. Stalking occurs when a person follows, places under surveillance, or contacts another person without that person’s consent for purposes of harassment and intimidation. One act alone generally does not constitute stalking.
  3. You must be 18 years of age or have someone who is 18 to file the petition on your behalf.
  4. The person you are filing against must be 18 years of age or older.

You can apply for a TPO Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. The process may take 2+ hours to complete. Please plan accordingly.

Protective orders are free to file. For assistance with filing and safety planning, please contact the Women’s Resource Center 404.688.9436.

You can also contact Sharee Wyse, Domestic Violence Coordinator
(Temporary Protective Orders and DV Warrant Applications Calendars)
Phone: 404-371-4753

Women’s Resource Center:
http://www.wrcdv.org
Phone: 404-370-7670
24 hour crisis line: 404-688-9436

Men Stopping Violence:
http://menstoppingviolence.org
Phone: 404-270-9894 
Toll Free: 1-866-717-9317

Raksha (for South Asian families):
http://www.raksha.org
Help Line: 404- 842-0725
Phone: 404-876-0670
Toll free: 1-866-725-7423

Tapestri (for refugee & immigrant families):
http://www.tapestri.org
Phone: 404-299-2185
1-866-317-3733 (outside Metro Atlanta)

Caminar Latino (for Latino families):
http://caminarlatino.org
Phone: 404-413-6348

DeKalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation:
https://dekalbprobono.org/
Phone: 404-373-0865