SAFE FAMILIES START HERE
Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (AVLF) is a nonprofit that believes no one standing up for their rights should have to do it alone.
That’s why we stand with, for, and in support of low-income Atlantans as they demand safe and stable housing, insist on fair pay for an honest day’s work, and break free from domestic violence.
The largest provider of pro bono legal services in Atlanta, we leverage the collective power and resources of our professional community to advocate for our clients during their time of greatest need. Every year, over 5,000 Atlantans receive free, first-rate legal services from our staff and the 500 professionals and students who volunteer with us.
The mission of Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV) is to end the crime of intimate partner violence and empower its survivors; our vision is a community free of domestic violence. To that end we work to educate the public on the dynamics of intimate partner violence; promote healthy dating relationships among adolescents and teens to prevent future violence; offer safety and shelter for battered women and their children; restore power, self-sufficiency, and control to survivors; and create an effective and coordinated community response to intimate partner violence.
Frequently asked questions
What is the Safe Families Office?
The Safe Families Office (SFO) is operated by Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (AVLF) and Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV). SFO staff and volunteers provide legal and social work assistance for survivors of intimate partner violence, elder abuse, and child abuse, including:
Assisting clients with preparing Temporary Protective Order (TPO) paperwork
Accompanying clients through the TPO process
Conducting trauma-informed interviews and risk assessments
Identifying lethality indicators and barriers to safety
Educating clients on TPO procedures
Referring clients to victims’ assistance programs to learn more about their rights as victims of crime
Providing court advocate and/or legal representation for TPO-related court hearings
Referring clients to community resources, such as emergency housing/shelter, support groups, mental health, and other services
What is a Temporary Protective Order (TPO)?
Evict an abuser from a shared residence
Custody & visitation
Prohibit abuser from purchasing or possession firearms
Where do I file for a TPO?
(404) 612-0505 | 8:30 am – 5:00 pm | Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 4:00 pm | Monday – Friday
What do I need to file a TPO?
A valid picture ID, if available
A current address for the person you’re filing the TPO against
Are there fees to file for a TPO?
What Time Should I Arrive at Court?/What is the TPO Process?
What if I can't get to the Safe Families Office?
Petitioner/Plaintiff: The person who files a lawsuit
What is the difference between a temporary protective order and a restraining order?
- A temporary restraining order is an order issued by a court in circumstances where there is an immediate risk of irreparable injury, loss, or damage that will result to a person or entity by another person or entity. Unlike protective orders, a restraining order is not meant to restrain a person from coming into contact with another person or from coming within physical proximity of another person for the purpose of protecting them against personal harm. A restraining order is a temporary remedy that may be granted in cases where, for example, a party has brought a lawsuit against another party, but the party bringing the lawsuit cannot wait until the lawsuit runs its course through the legal process because they risk suffering irreparable injury, loss, or damage by the time the case runs its course. In these cases, a court can issue a temporary restraining order against the other side, restraining them from continuing to engage in acts that will potentially cause irreparable harm, loss, or damage, until the lawsuit is resolved.
- A temporary protective order is a standalone order issued by a court to provides protection to a person against another person that has committed family violence, dating violence, or stalking against them. When a person needs protection against another person for their personal safety, they may ask a court for a temporary protective order to prevent the perpetrator from contacting them or from coming within physical proximity of them. Additionally, when appropriate, protective orders may offer other remedies, including, but not limited to, custody of minor children, child support, spousal support, and temporary possession of property.
What if I need non-TPO related legal Assistance?
The Fulton County Superior Court’s Justice Resource Center offers assistance on a variety of other legal issues. If you need legal assistance with something other than a temporary protective order, we encourage you to visit the Fulton County Superior Court's Justice Resource Center website.
LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE SERVICES
ATENCIÓN: si habla español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística. Llame al 404-612-4324.
Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
CHÚ Ý: Nếu bạn nói Tiếng Việt, có các dịch vụ hỗ trợ ngôn ngữ miễn phí dành cho bạn. Gọi số 1-404-612-4324.
주의: 한국어를 사용하시는 경우, 언어 지원 서비스를 무료로 이용하실 수 있습니다. 404-612-4324 번으로 전화해 주십시오.
PAUNAWA: Kung nagsasalita ka ng Tagalog, maaari kang gumamit ng mga serbisyo ng tulong sa wika nang walang bayad. Tumawag sa 404-612-4324.
ВНИМАНИЕ: Если вы говорите на русском языке, то вам доступны бесплатные услуги перевода. Звоните 404-612-4324.
ملحوظة: إذا كنت تتحدث اذكر اللغة، فإن خدمات المساعدة اللغوية تتوافر لك بالمجان. اتصل برقم 4324-612-404.
Kreyòl Ayisyen (Haitian Creole)
ATANSYON: Si w pale Kreyòl Ayisyen, gen sèvis èd pou lang ki disponib gratis pou ou. Rele 404-612-4324.
ATTENTION: Si vous parlez français, des services d’aide linguistique vous sont proposés gratuitement. Appelez le 404-612-4324.
UWAGA: Jeżeli mówisz po polsku, możesz skorzystać z bezpłatnej pomocy językowej. Zadzwoń pod numer 404-612-4324.
ATENÇÃO: Faculta serviços linguísticas grátis a pessoas cuja língua principal não é inglês, tais como intérpretes qualificados. Se necessita destes serviços, contacte HHS através do número 404-612-4324.
ATTENZIONE: In caso la lingua parlata sia l’italiano, sono disponibili servizi di assistenza linguistica gratuiti. Chiamare il numero 404-612-4324.
ACHTUNG: Wenn Sie Deutsch sprechen, stehen Ihnen kostenlos sprachliche Hilfsdienstleistungen zur Verfügung. Rufnummer: 404-612-4324.
وجه: اگر به زبان فارسی گفتگو می کنید، تسهیلات زبانی بصورت رایگان برای شما فراهم می باشد. باتماس بگیرید