Unfortunately, we often get calls from prospective clients who have been victims of domestic violence (aka family violence) or who want a protective order against a spouse or former spouse. This relief can often be obtained through the Superior Courts of the State of Georgia. According to O.C.G.A. §19-13-1, “family violence” means the occurrence of a felony or commission of battery,simple batter, simple assault, assault, stalking, criminal damage to property, unlawful restraint, or criminal trespass between past or present 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.
If you are have been the victim of family violence remember that there are resources available for victims of family violence. Also, when appropriate, you can and should consider obtaining a temporary protective order for your protection and the protection of your family.