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What are the types of restraining orders for domestic violence?

Unfortunately, domestic violence is a problem across all Georgia cities. No one can anticipate when a family relationship will turn a corner into violence, but the law provides victims of such violence with as many tools as possible to keep safe. One of these tools is a restraining or protective order, which helps keep a safe distance between the alleged victim and the alleged defendant.

On the flip side, there are times when an innocent person has been accused of domestic violence. The legal options for these unfortunates are somewhat more limited, but help is still available for the defendant who reaches out. This blog post will provide a few important details about the types of restraining orders the law provides. The information can help both victims of domestic violence and victims of false allegations of violence.

Emergency Protection Order: These are typically issued if the police encounter domestic violence on scene. They last for a few days and give both the victim and the accused time to plan their next steps.

Protection Order: These orders last longer than an emergency order and can include no contact or limited contact provisions as well as other provisions to protect the victim.

Criminal Protection Order: This kind of order can occur during a criminal trial and protects the victim while the proceedings are in progress.

Restraining Order: A bit different from the protective order, a restraining order prohibits or mandates defined conduct or actions by one or more parties involved in a lawsuit.

For victims of domestic violence, any one of these restraining orders adds an extra layer of security to personal safety measures. For victims of false allegations, these orders can further complicate an already distasteful situation. In both cases, an attorney can help either party find justice while preserving their rights.

Source: FindLaw, "Domestic Violence: Orders of Protection and Restraining Orders," accessed May. 19, 2015

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