Domestic violence offenders show a pattern of abusive behavior to their partner in efforts to maintain or gain control over their partner. Domestic violence includes many forms of abuse such as, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, economic abuse, psychological abuse, threats, stalking, and cyberstalking. Victims of domestic violence can be spouses, dating/intimate partners, family members, children, and cohabitants.
In Georgia, the court will order a temporary protective order (TPO) to offer protection to those that are victims of domestic violence. These protective orders prohibit contact between the two parties. In some cases, a TPO may order the abuser to vacate the residence or refrain from visiting a certain place.