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Restraining Orders

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Laws current as of October 31, 2023

Where can I file for a dating violence protective order?

If the abuser lives in Georgia, you can file a petition for a dating violence protective order in the county where s/he lives.1 If the abuser lives in a different state, you can file a petition for a dating protective order in the county where you live or the county where the incident(s) of dating violence took place. If the abuser does not live in Georgia, the judge must also decide if a Georgia court has personal jurisdiction over the abuser.2 You can read more about personal jurisdiction in If the abuser lives in a different state, can I still get an order against him/her? 
1 Ga. Code § 19-13A-2(a)
2 Ga. Code § 19-13A-2(b)