Here in Georgia, victims of domestic violence can often obtain a temporary restraining order very quickly. This is done by petitioning the court for an ex parte restraining order, which allows the victim to get a restraining order without a hearing or even any response from the alleged abuser. While this is a very important step that victims can take to protect themselves and their children from an abuser, some critics have complained that Georgia's laws fall short when it comes to preventing domestic violence.
It is an unfortunate truth that domestic violence exists in many homes in our community. Whether it is in your own home or in one of your neighbor's, domestic abuse is a very real problem that causes many people in Georgia great harm.
Over the last two weeks, 12 people have died from domestic violence in Georgia. Most of the victims were women and children, all trapped in the same cycle of threats and abuse.