Family Haven has resources that can help you navigate the legal needs you may have once you enter into the emergency shelter program.
Our legal advocate will help you understand what a Temporary Protective Order (TPO) is and the requirements that you have to maintain this very valuable tool during this time.
A temporary protection order is issued by the court. The offender does not need to be present or notified about the hearing for the TPO. The temporary protective order is issued with the understanding that the abuser will not harass, stalk, or threaten the safety of the petitioner (you).
A temporary restraining order can last for six (6) to 12 months and is considered an application for a permanent protection order (PPO).
It is important to know your rights and the Family Haven Legal Advocate can assist you with questions you may have.
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Domestic Violence website has valuable information about TPO and what your rights as a victim include.
Tell the operator that you have a TPO and describe what your abuser has done to violate the order. You should also contact your attorney or legal advocate to notify them of your abuser’s offense.