When a domestic violence incident takes place in Georgia, police may issue an emergency protection order to the person they believe was the victim in the altercation. An EPO is a temporary order barring the abuser from contacting the victim. Although an EPO cannot physically stop the abuser from coming near the victim, it can allow the victim to have the abuser arrested if they violate the order.
A temporary protective order is usually only valid for about three to seven days. During this time, the victim may decide to seek a long-term protection order. A protection order usually lasts for between one and five years, but there are extreme cases where a judge may decide to issue a lifetime protection order. When the protection order expires, the victim may renew the order if they feel threatened by the abuser.