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Taking a look at domestic violence laws in Georgia

Domestic violence is a serious issue that affects millions of people each year. It doesn't matter how old you are or what type of relationship you are in, domestic violence can occur to anyone. Today, we will take a look at the domestic violence laws in the state of Georgia.

The official definition of domestic violence by the state of Georgia is an act of family violence. The laws on the books protect victims from sexual, physical and emotional abuse from family members. Even though it says family, you do not have to be legally married to someone in Georgia to be the victim of domestic violence.

There are three codes in Georgia that are used to govern domestic violence. Those three codes are known as The Family Violence Act, Protective Orders and Stalking Laws. Some other names that the state recognizes include Teen Dating Violence, Intimate Partner Violence and Family Violence.

What is not prohibited under any of these laws in the state of Georgia is punishment issued by a parent to a child that is considered detention, restraint or punishment. These punishments must be considered reasonable forms of discipline.

The charges for violating these laws in Georgia are either misdemeanor or felony. They come with penalties of probation, jail time, fines, community service or anger management. The depth of the punishment is determined based on the person's prior record relating to domestic violence. Depending on the severity of the case, a restraining order could also be issued. In Georgia, a restraining order is known as a Family Violence Protective Order.

Have you been accused of domestic violence in Canton? An experienced family law attorney can help you learn more about your situation, such as your available legal options.

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