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In situations involving domestic violence, one of the most important legal tools available to those who have been abused is the temporary restraining order (“TRO”). These orders are what is commonly thought of as a “restraining order”. By preventing contact between the abuser and the victim, temporary restraining orders serve to break the cycle of violence and prevent harassment outside of the home.

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During the Super Bowl this year, a commercial presented by NO MORE focused on ending domestic violence and sexual assault. The spot centered on a call from a woman to 911, pretending to order a pizza to escape the violence she was experiencing in her home. The abuse she experienced is evident in the scenes portrayed throughout the house, items strewn about and walls punched-in.

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According to the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, in 2010, the number of crisis calls to Georgia’s certified domestic violence agencies was 71,212 and the number of protective and stalking orders issued in Georgia was 23,013. Domestic violence, also known as family violence, intimate partner violence and teen dating violence, is a widespread problem that continues to grow not only in the State of Georgia, but across the nation. 

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