Resources

Domestic Violence

If someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, it is important to:

  • Respect their thoughts and feelings, even if you disagree or you cannot sympathize
  • Make sure to listen, let them talk at their own pace and ask questions when appropriate
  • Let them make their own decisions without passing judgment
  • Try NOT to use blaming language like “Why don’t you just leave?”, “Why do you let him/her treat you like that?” or offer opinionated statements like “He/She doesn’t love you,” or “if I were you…”
  • DO say “I am concerned for you,” “Are you afraid?”, “Have you thought of what you want to do?”

liveSAFE Resources Can Help

If you or someone you know feels frightened in a relationship, please call our:

24-Hour Crisis Line: 770.427.3390
Main Office 770.427.2902
Hearing impaired TTY: 425.258.7081
Temporary Protective Order (TPO) Office: 770.528.8024
Asistencia en Espanol: 770.423.3569

Advocates are standing by to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide information and refer you to services or programs. This is a free, confidential resource available to those experiencing abuse or to friends and family who are concerned that a loved one is being abused.

Hotline services include:

  • Crisis intervention
  • Safety planning
  • Information about domestic violence
  • A direct connection to domestic violence resources


liveSAFE Resources also offers the following services:

  • Domestic violence shelter for adults and their children
  • Longer-term housing for domestic violence survivors
  • Free, confidential counseling and support groups for survivors and family members
  • One-on-one case management
  • Legal advocacy to help navigate the court system and acquire Temporary Protective Orders (TPO’s)

Sexual Assault:

Consent is a clear “yes” to sexual behavior. Sexual assault occurs in the absence of consent. Not saying “no” does not mean you have given consent.  It is important to know that consent CANNOT be given if you are:

  • Under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Unconscious or incapacitated
  • Threatened, forced, coerced or manipulated into an act
  • Not mentally capable due to illness or disability
  • Under the age of 16 in the state of Georgia


Remember, consent is an ongoing process, not a one-time question. If you consent to sexual activity, you can change your mind and choose to stop, even after sexual activity has begun. Past consent does not mean future consent.

What to Do If You or Someone You Know Has Been Sexually Assaulted

  • If you are in immediate danger or need medical attention, call 911
  • Get to a safe place
  • Call a loved one and/or the liveSAFE Resources Crisis Line at 770.427.3390 for help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • If you suspect you may have been sexually assaulted but do not remember the incident, a medical exam may be able to reveal DNA and includes tests for date rape drugs. It is important to get the exam as soon
    as possible as drugs leave the body quickly. DNA evidence needs to be collected within 120 hours in order to be analyzed by a crime lab.
  • Do not shower, wash or brush your teeth. If you need to change, put your clothing in a paper bag. This will help preserve evidence of the assault. Try not to use the restroom if possible. If you are trying to help a friend, listen to what they need and believe them.

If you or someone you know was sexually assaulted, please call our

If you or someone you know was sexually assaulted, please call our:

24-Hour Crisis Line: 770.427.3390
Main Office 770.427.2902
Hearing impaired TTY: 425.258.7081
Temporary Protective Order (TPO) Office: 770.528.8024
Asistencia en Espanol: 770.423.3569

Advocates are standing by to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide information and refer you to services or programs. This is a free, confidential resource available to victims of sexual assault or to friends and family who are concerned for a loved one.

liveSAFE Resources also offers the following services:

  • 24-hour medical forensic exams by Nurse Examiners in a private facility for victims ages 13 and older (for
  • children under 13, please visit SafePath)
  • Emergency shelter
  • Free, confidential counseling and support groups for victims and family members
  • One-on-one case management
  • Legal advocacy to help navigate the court system and acquire Temporary Protective Orders (TPOs)

Other Resources

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.

Domestic Violence

Sexual Assault
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1.800.656.HOPE (4673)
  • Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN)
  • Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault (GNESA): 404.815.5261
  • SafeHelpline (For armed forces) 877.995.5247
  • SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center (for child abuse, including pediatric medical forensic exams): 770.801.3465
  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (for child abuse, including pediatric medical forensic exams): 404.785.3820
  • 1 in 6 (support for male survivors)
  • As One Project for Secondary Survivors

Additional Resources
  • National Center for Victims of Crime
  • Technology Safety
  • Center for Pan-Asian Community Services (Domestic Violence program, Senior Services and other culturally specific services): 770.936.0969
  • Raksha (serves the South Asian Community): 404.842.0725 or 1.866.725.7423
  • Caminar Latino (Intimate Partner Violence services for the Latino Community): 404.413.6348
  • Georgia Crime Victims Compensation Program
  • Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD): 1.888.454.5826
  • DBHDD Deaf Services: 404.232.1624
  • Georgia Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 404.292.5312 (Voice/TTY)
  • Georgia Crisis and Access Line (24/7 hotline for mental health services, including mobile crisis team): 1.800.715.4225
  • Cobb County VINE System (a service through which victims of crime can use the telephone or internet to search for information regarding the custody status of their offender and to register to receive telephone, e-mail, and text notification when the offender’s custody status changes): 800.785.8463