Understanding the behavior that is considered to be domestic violence can be important as circumstances can sometimes grow heated in family situations. Domestic violence generally refers to violent acts that take place between family or household members, such as violent acts against spouses or children. Domestic violence refers to violence between a variety of different types of familial and household partners and includes partners who are dating, heterosexual or homosexual.

Penalties and consequences for domestic violence may based on a variety of factors: the severity of the injuries; whether or not a minor was present during the alleged incident; and whether or not a protective or restraining order was violated because of the alleged incident. Domestic violence can take on a variety of different forms, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and economic abuse. While many people think of domestic violence as pushing or slapping, it can include many forms of violence against a family or household member and can also include stalking behaviors.

Domestic violence can have a significant impact on families and can be a serious concern for individuals accused of domestic violence who may be facing penalties including jail time and other consequences. It is important that individuals who have been accused of domestic violence understand that criminal defense rights and protections that apply in domestic violence situations.

Georgia residents accused of any crime should always be familiar with the protections they enjoy through the criminal justice system. Those protections, including those related to evidence collection and witness statements and testimony, are important when summoning criminal defense resources and developing a criminal defense strategy.

Source: Criminal.findlaw.com, “Domestic Violence,” Accessed Nov. 15, 2016