Family Violence and Mental Health Issues
Family Violence Issues
Crisis Intervention Information-
If there is an emergency first dial 911.
Temporary Protective Orders - document counseling for relief from family violence is available in the Probate Court. If you are a victim of abuse the Probate Judge or Clerk will help you determine if you are eligible for a protective order under the family violence act. O.C.G.A. § 19-13-3.
Once the documents are prepared you will be directed to a Superior Court Judge who will review them. Once signed by the Superior Court Judge you will return the original documents to be filed in the Office of the Clerk of Superior Court of Putnam County. Be sure you are given a copy of the order immediately when it is filed. Keep your copy with you so that you will have it in the event you need to call law enforcement. The Temporary Protective Order is a tool that aides law enforcement deputies and policeman in protecting you.
The order signed by the Judge in this situation is an ex parte order. That means the Judge heard only one party's presentation of the facts of the case. Once filed the case will be set down for a hearing. The hearing will be in 10 days or as soon as practical. At the hearing the petitioner who was granted the order is required to prove the allegations of the petition.
Shelter for victims of domestic violence is available at the Circle of Love in Greensboro, Georgia.
Phone: (706) 453 4017 (24-hour crisis hotline)
Contact the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1-800-33-Haven for more information or online at www.gcadv.org
For more information about services available in the community:
Putnam County Family Violence Task Force - (478)-457-7379 Or (706)-485-0620
P.O. Box 4511
Eatonton, Ga. 31024
Or you can contact the Putnam County Probate Court - (706)-485-5476
Again remember if there is an emergency first call 911
If you need legal assistance and cannot afford an attorney contact:
Georgia Legal Services Program
Macon Regional Office
241 Third Street
PO Box 1057
Macon, Georgia 31202-1057
Automated Attendant: (478)-751-6500
Toll Free For Clients Only : (800)-560-2855
Mental Health Issues
Emergency Involuntary Treatment-
Emergency Involuntary Treatment can be obtained in a situation where it is determined that an individual is mentally ill and in need of involuntary treatment pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 37-3-41. Emergency involuntary treatment is addressed in O.C.G.A. § 37-7-41 in a case where there is alcohol and/or drug dependence and abuse.