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Domestic Abuse in Georgia During COVID-19

Domestic Abuse in Georgia During COVID | Farmer, Farmer & Brown Law Firm

During Georgia’s COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders victims of domestic abuse were in danger of being isolated with their abuser. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said, “We have been told by one Atlanta-area hospital that they are seeing a 15% increase in domestic violence cases in their facility.” 

Quarantine restrictions placed unusual stress and financial pressures on families, and spouses and children in already abusive relationships were more vulnerable than ever before. In addition, families with substance abuse or that had never experienced violence prior to the pandemic may have instances of domestic abuse as a result of the unusual circumstances.

The Georgia Commission on Family Violence and the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence issued a joint statement to let victims know that:

  • The Georgia family courts were NOT closed: Courts handling domestic violence cases and protection orders can refer offenders to Family Violence Intervention Programs as mandated by law.
  • The Georgia Commission on Family Violence provides information to locate virtual classes offered in your jurisdiction.
  • If you are in an abusive situation and need help immediately:
    • Please call 911 for your local police to ask for help or a temporary protection order
    • Call Georgia’s 24-hour state-wide domestic violence hotline 1-800-33-HAVEN
    • Contact the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s website www.gcadv.org

As Georgia relaxes COVID-19 health restrictions, families continue to experience financial and health crises. Experts are concerned about the potential for continued pandemic-related domestic abuse and violence in the coming months.

Domestic Abuse Victims Should Contact a Criminal Law Attorney
A criminal law attorney can provide legal advice and protection for you and your children if you or your child are in an abusive situation. It’s important that you act quickly to protect you, your family and your rights.

Charges of Family Violence

Being charged with domestic violence is a serious offense in Georgia. Family violence does not necessarily include physical violence, it can include:

  • Battery
  • Felony
  • Assault
  • Stalking
  • Criminal trespassing
  • Damage to property

Domestic violence can be filed for abuse to spouses, unmarried partners, children, parents, in-laws and foster children, as well as anyone currently or formerly living in the same home as their abuser.

Temporary protective orders (TPO) are critical tools for victims of domestic and family violence; and the courts take violations very seriously. After the police issue a TPO, a court hearing will be set within 10 days and the judge will decide to either extend or alter the protective order.

Have You Been Charged With Domestic Abuse?
If you are charged with domestic abuse you should contact a criminal law attorney with family law experience. Unfortunately, it is not unheard of for a spouse to falsely accuse their partner of domestic abuse. If you are facing an accusation of family violence, get in touch with an experienced criminal law attorney immediately to protect your rights.

Do not suffer silently if you are a victim of domestic abuse or family violence. The attorneys at FFB have extensive experience in all areas of family law. Contact Farmer, Farmer & Brown Law Firm to schedule a consultation to learn how we can help you at (770) 422-4241 or info@ffbfamilylaw.com.

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