Legal Advocacy 

All services are 

FREE & Confidential

The Legal Advocacy Program offers

  • Crisis Intervention

  • IMMEDIATE assistance filling out and filing a Petition for Temporary Protective Order

  • Step-by-step guidance through the judicial system

  • Assistance scheduling a hearing time to appear before the Judge to request the order

  • Attending TPO hearings with the client

  • Files the order with the Clerk of Court and Sheriff’s Office.

  • Information and referral to appropriate agencies and/or programs

  • Provide Community Education

  • Accompany victims in all court appearances

  • Makes referrals to Georgia Legal Services for the 12 month order if needed                  

If you are a victim of domestic violence and need help from our legal advocate, please call 912-538-9935 M-F from 8 am-5 pm

Emanuel County victims please call 478-268-9156 M-F from 8 am-5 pm

For Montgomery, Wheeler, and Treutlen counties

For Toombs and Emanuel counties

Children's Program

All services are 




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All services are 

FREE & Confidential

Support Groups


adults and children

All services are 

FREE & Confidential

The Children’s Advocate:

  • Advocates on behalf of the children 

  • helps children register for school

  • holds support groups, including self-esteem, anger, feelings, good touch/ badtouch, peer pressure and more.

  • leads activities such as arts & crafts and board games

  • offers other fun and educational activities

  • organizes kids events throughout the year

  • provides tutoring

Emergency Shelter

  • Available for victims and their children  24/7 

  • Provides transportation to work and school

  • Provides nutritious meals/snacks:

  • Provides clothing if needed

  • Provides hygiene products if needed

  • Provides school supplies, etc. if needed

Support Groups

Offered to victims of domestic violence and their children

Please call 912-538-9936 if you are interested in attending a group. If you are from Emanuel County, please call 478-268-9156

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Mailing Address

PO Box 853

Vidalia, GA 30475

912-538-9935 Vidalia Office

478-268-9156 Swainsboro Outreach Office

912-216-3898 Sexual Assault Center

The Refuge Domestic Violence Shelter, Inc. does not discriminate against individuals or group on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex or disability.  If you believe you have been the target of discrimination, you have the right to file a civil rights complaint.  Information on how to file a civil rights complaint can be found on the Office of Justice Programs website ( or by contacting the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council at 404-657-1956

2018 The Refuge

“This project is supported by VOCA Sub-Award No. C18-8-207 administered by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime or the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.”