This blog recently discussed that some Georgia area domestic violence shelters are full through the holidays. Domestic violence can be a difficult problem to address in communities and families and it is important that individuals on all sides of an alleged domestic violence incident understand the resources and help available to them. While it can sometimes be unpleasant to discuss, domestic violence accusations can be both serious or, at times, made for purposes other than a genuine concern for safety.
Domestic violence can be a challenging issue for families to handle. With the holiday season well under way, shelters for helping those involved in family violence can see an increase in their numbers. The largest shelter in Georgia is at capacity which reflects a 2-year trend of increasing numbers. The holiday season can add stresses and pressures on families and options are available for those experiencing family violence.
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.
A restraining order is a type of order issued by the court that directs a party to either refrain from certain actions or directs him or her to take certain actions. A failure to follow the requirements of a restraining order can result in legal consequences. In general, a restraining order offers protections to both men and women in domestic violence situations and provides consequences for violating the restraining order.
Family violence is a serious issue with a significant impact on families and communities. A Georgia commissioner is facing domestic violence charges following an alleged recent incident at his family home. He was charged with one count of misdemeanor battery. According to the police report, the domestic violence incident arose when the commissioner's wife attempted to take his cell phone and call a female contact stored in his cell phone's address book.
Domestic violence laws vary by state but, while there can be significant differences, there are some common considerations to be aware of concerning domestic violence laws. The definition of domestic violence can vary but generally includes physical abuse and may also include emotional, psychological, financial and sexual abuse as well.
Being involved in family and domestic violence can be overwhelming and have significant consequences for the family and the parties involved. In domestic violence situations, an arrest may be made or a protective order may be filed. The party that is accused of domestic violence may have to leave the family home and be ordered to stay away from the family home. A temporary protective order is typically granted and the court may extend it for six months to a year.
Domestic violence is a serious concern for families but families in Georgia may wonder what it includes. It involves a pattern of behavior that is used to gain control over an intimate partner or family member. During 2008, there were 62,156 domestic violence incidents reported in Georgia. Domestic abuse is most often thought of in association with married or cohabitating partners but can include other family situations and circumstances as well. There are several types of abuse that may be used to exert power over the party being abused.
Domestic violence can be a community problem and is a concern for all parties involved. The past year was a particularly difficult one for domestic violence in Georgia, including in Gwinnett. An annual report presented by the Georgia Commission on Family Violence and the Georgia Coalition against Domestic Violence revealed that domestic violence-related deaths were up. Gwinnett County tied Chatham County for second on the list for highest number of domestic violence-related deaths, while Fulton County had the most.
There are different types of protective orders that may be available in situations of family violence in Georgia. In general, protective orders can range from 6 to 12 months; a request to make the order longer, or even permanent, may be granted in some circumstances.