Family Violence Laws in Georgia

Family violence, also known as domestic violence, is a very real and frightening problem that affects many lives. The state of Georgia works hard to protect victims of family violence and help them regain control of their lives. Victims of family violence can be anyone currently or previously domestic relationship. This includes those who are married, separated, divorced, live together, previously lived together, date, or share a child with another individual. It is important for victims of family violence to enlist the help of an experienced attorney who can guide them to protection.

What is Domestic Violence?

Violence does not have one type of victim. Unfortunately, family violence can happen to anyone. This is regardless of their gender, social status, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, etc. While many people see family violence as only physical abuse, this is not always the case. Abuse can occur in several different ways. Domestic abuse can happen in many ways and does not necessarily show physical signs. Examples may include:

  • Felonies
  • Battery
  • Physical, emotional, psychological, or sexual assault
  • Unlawful restraint
  • Stalking
  • Criminal damage to properties
  • Criminal trespassing


The state of Georgia gives victims of abuse the opportunity to receive protection. This can be done through a request for a Temporary Protective Order against an alleged abuser. This order requires an abuser to stay away from the victim, barring them from their home and their children. The order also takes away certain marital assets from an alleged abuser as well as guns, should they possess any.

False Accusations

If an individual is accused of family violence, they can face very serious consequences. Depending on the exact charge, an individual may face several years in prison, harsh fines, restitution, and a permanent criminal record. This is why it is important to not accuse other people of abuse if they are not actually guilty. Unfortunately, some people take advantage of Georgia’s strict laws and falsely accuse other individuals of abuse. This is sometimes seen if one person wishes to have power over another. Family abuse accusations can severely impact a person’s reputation as well as their future. It is important to contact an attorney that can clear your name if you have been falsely accused of family violence.

Other Information to Know

There are several other important things to know that can factor into a family violence charge:

  • An individual does not need to live with a person or be involved in a romantic relationship with them to be charged with family violence.
  • Being charged with domestic violence battery for a second time can be a felony, regardless of if it was against the same person.
  • It is possible to be charged with cruelty towards children if a child was in another room.

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If you have been a victim of domestic violence, or have been falsely accused of domestic violence, contact The Alfred Law Firm, LLC. today.

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