Physical abuse can often be the most devastating form of domestic violence, leaving lasting scars that impact victims and their families for a lifetime.
Physical abuse results in serious injuries, disabilities, and even death. Understanding how physical abuse and other acts of violence affect divorce cases can help you get the protection you need.
Domestic Violence in Family Law Courts
Most people think of physical abuse when discussing domestic violence. But other forms of abuse such as emotional abuse, coercion, financial control, and isolation can also take place.
The presence of one form of abuse increases the risk of physical violence and other actions meant to exert control over another person.
Victims of physical abuse are at a higher risk of lethal violence, making it even more important for them to get the help they need as soon as possible.
Domestic violence consists of abuse directed towards another person within a marriage or other intimate relationships. Physical acts of violence include hitting, shoving, and sexual assault among others.
Threats of violence, intimidation, stalking, and physical isolation are other examples of physical abuse.
In Georgia family law courts, physical abuse can influence decisions around child custody and visitation, alimony, and other factors related to divorce.
Recognizing and Escaping Physical Abuse
In addition to physical assaults such as hitting, punching, or choking, keeping another person from meeting their physical needs is another form of abuse.
Abusers may deny their victims access to money, food, and transportation as a way to isolate them and prevent others from recognizing the signs of abuse. Victims may not be able to receive medical treatments when injured or sick, further adding to the injuries they can sustain while in an abusive relationship.
Children, pets, and personal items may also be subjected to physical violence. Victims may be held against their will, restrained, or locked inside the home.
Recognizing the signs of abuse can help you or your loved ones get the legal resources they need to protect their wellbeing and hold abusive partners accountable in a court of law.
Legal Protection in Domestic Violence Family Law Cases
Working with a family law attorney helps you determine the best legal strategy for your case. Attorneys can also provide resources that support domestic violence victims and their families.
Georgia courts can issue a Family Law Protective Order to keep abusers from contacting their victims during a specified period of time. If an abusive partner violates the terms of the protective order, they may face additional charges and jail time.
A protective order can grant victims access to the home while forcing the abusive party to leave. In some cases, the courts may force abusers to provide alternate housing for their victims and family members.
You can get temporary custody of your children and limit visitation rights through the use of a protective order. Other requirements related to child or spousal support, counseling, and legal fees may also be addressed.
Georgia state laws are in place to protect victims from physical abuse as well as emotional and sexual violence.
These laws are not limited to married partners, and consulting with your attorney will help you determine the best way to protect you and your family’s future.