Family Violence

In Georgia, family violence, better known as domestic violence, is defined as:

“…the occurrence of one or more of the following acts between past or present spouses, persons who are parents of the same child, parents and children, stepparents and stepchildren, foster parents and foster children, or other persons living or formerly living in the same household:

   (1) Any felony; or

   (2) Commission of offenses of battery, simple battery, simple assault, assault, stalking, criminal damage to property, unlawful restraint, or criminal trespass.

The term ‘family violence’ shall not be deemed to include reasonable discipline administered by a parent to a child in the form of corporal punishment, restraint, or detention.”

O.C.G.A. § 19-3-1.

Although many have the impression that family violence only includes acts of physical abuse, this is not so. Assault, stalking, trespass, and property damage are also considered family violence according to Georgia law. Thus, if your spouse or partner subjects you to mental, emotional or verbal abuse, you may be a victim of family violence according to Georgia law. 

Am I A Victim?

Are you a victim of domestic violence or family violence? This question may be seemingly easy to answer. However, in reality, there are several victims of family violence who may not consider themselves victims and will not seek help because they do not believe the circumstances they endure rise to the level of domestic violence…(continue reading).

Child Abuse

In order to stem the tide of child abuse in the state of Georgia, Georgia has designated certain individuals as mandatory reporters of child abuse. What this means in essence is that if any “mandatory reporter” suspects that a child they have encountered has been abused, that individual must report the suspected abuse to the authorities…(continue reading).

Prevention

Georgia’s Family Violence Act, which may be found at O.C.G.A. § 19-13-1 et seq., is a law designed to protect individuals who are abused by present or past spouses, parents of the same child, parents and children, stepparents and stepchildren, foster parents and foster children or other persons living or formerly living in the same household…(continue reading).

TPO

Georgia Courts offer protection for individuals who have been victimized by family violence through the issuance of Temporary Protective Orders (TPOs). A TPO is a court order designed to help victims of family violence obtain protection from the individual or individuals who are abusing, harassing, or stalking them…(continue reading).

Helpful Sources

If you are a victim of family violence and would like more information regarding getting help for yourself and your family, see the resources listed below.

Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence

GCADV Domestic Violence Programs

Georgia Commission of Family Violence

Georgia Department of Human Resources – Family Violence in Georgia