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Domestic violence, sexual assault or elder abuse is never your fault. No one has the right to force you to do something against your will or blame you for their violent behavior. liveSAFE Resources recognizes that these issues know no social boundaries or class distinction; we are here to serve anyone experiencing abuse. We provide several services to help you take steps to protect yourself and stay safe. By contacting us, you will never be forced to participate in these programs or to take actions that are not right for you.

liveSAFE Resources is committed to making the following services accessible to all who need it. We work with women, men and children—regardless of sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, religion, race, or ethnicity—who have been affected by domestic violence, sexual assault or elder abuse.

The liveSAFE Resources Crisis Line operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Advocates are available to provide information and make referrals for services and programs. Please call 770.427.3390.

Domestic Violence Emergency Shelter

We can provide immediate shelter for all victims of domestic violence and their children at no cost. Client-centered case management services are provided. Advocates will assist you with safety planning and inform you of your options going forward.

For more information, please visit our Domestic Violence page.

Domestic Violence Housing

Longer-term housing is available for qualified clients. The focus is on economic empowerment to move clients toward independence and self-sufficiency.

If you would like further information about current housing opportunities, contact us at infolsr@livesaferesources.org.

Sexual Assault Program

We have Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They provide free medical forensic examinations for victims of sexual assault ages 13 years and older.

Exams may be performed in our private facility by registered nurses who are trained in advanced assessment and forensic techniques. They provide compassionate care that includes treatment for injuries as well as preventative treatments for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and pregnancy.

These services are available at no cost and may not require you to report your sexual assault. However, the SANE nurses will gather forensic evidence and conduct an exam, which will aid in an investigation if you choose to go forward with that option in the future. liveSAFE Resources advocates will accompany you to medical, legal appointments and other services as needed, as well as discuss options and victim rights.

For more information, please call 770.427.2902 or visit our Sexual Assault page.

Elder Abuse Program

The Elder Abuse Program serves those aged 50+ who have experienced abuse by a partner, spouse, adult child, grandchild, or caretaker. This program recognizes the unique challenges older victims may face when trying to find safety. The Elder Abuse Advocate assists clients by providing case management, access to safe housing and other resources, accompaniment to medical and legal appointments, and in some cases, help with financial assistance.

To speak to an Elder Abuse Case Manager, please call 770.427.2902. For more information, visit our Elder Abuse page.

Counseling

We offer free counseling services to victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and their family members, regardless of whether the event(s) took place recently or in the past. Our counseling program engages licensed counselors to help you or your loved ones move through crisis toward healing. We offer one-on-one and group counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy and child play therapy. Services are also available in Spanish.

To inquire about a counseling appointment, please call 770.423.3595. For more information, please visit our Counseling Services page.

Temporary Protective Orders

Our legal advocacy program provides our clients with information concerning victim rights, filing a Temporary Protective Order (TPO) and accompaniment to TPO-related court proceedings. Our legal advocacy office is located in the Cobb County Courthouse and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to assist victims of family violence and stalking in obtaining TPOs. The TPO office sees an average of 60 – 80 individuals per week seeking court assistance.

A TPO is a legal document issued by the court to help victims obtain protection from persons abusing or stalking them. This order will generally state that one person is prohibited from having contact with another person and may even remove or restrict someone from a certain place or residence.

There are two types of TPOs:

Family Violence TPO

Pursuant to Georgia law (O.C.G.A. 19-13-2) the following three things MUST occur before a judge will consider issues a TPO: there must be (1) an act of physical violence or terroristic threat; (2) the victim must meet relationship test, meaning the parties must be past or present spouse, share children, have a parent-child relationship (including step and foster relationships) or live or formerly live in the same household (this may exclude dating relationships where no cohabitation has taken place and persons have no children in common); and (3) the abuser must live in Cobb county (if they reside in another county you must go to that county to file an order against them).

Stalking TPO

Georgia Stalking law O.C.G.A. 16-5-94 is a protective order for when an abuser is exhibiting any of the following behaviors without your permission and for the purpose of harassing and intimidating you: a pattern of behavior such as (1) repeated unwanted contact; (2) following other person; and (3) placing other person under surveillance.

If you do not meet the qualifications of a TPO then a temporary restraining order (TRO) may be the most appropriate legal route for you under O.C.G.A. 9-11-65 Rule 65 of Civil Procedures Acts of Georgia. A lawyer is highly recommended to assist you in this process.

There are two hearings per day in Cobb County in which a judge will meet victims to either grant or deny emergency orders. A liveSAFE Resources advocate will advise at what time the judge will see you. You must be in the TPO Office no later than 9:30 a.m. to schedule morning hearing and no later than 1:30 p.m. to schedule afternoon hearings.

Please be advised the process may take a minimum of three hours to complete. Some clients may qualify for legal aid, which you can inquire about during the intake process.

TPO OFFICE
32 Waddell Street
Building D, Room 402
770.528.8024

Hours – Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.