Child Abuse

Child abuse is one of the most shocking types of domestic violence. It includes acts of neglect, physical violence, and sexual assault against children, often by a family member or someone they know or trust. The state of Georgia has strict guidelines for mandatory reporting of child abuse cases and provides protective services to stop child abuse from occurring.

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Georgia Child Abuse Laws

Under Section 49-5-180 of the Georgia Code, child abuse laws apply to anyone under the age of 18, and types of abuse are defined as the following:

  • Physical abuse, in which a parent or caretaker intentionally causes injury or death to a child;
  • Child neglect, in which a parent or caretaker abandons a child or repeatedly fails to supervise or provide for their basic needs, including food, shelter, education, and medical care;
  • Sexual abuse, in which a parent or caretaker inappropriately touches, assaults, or otherwise exploits the child for sexual purposes.

Georgia child abuse laws require that school administrators, guidance counselors, teachers, physicians, hospital staff, and law enforcement personnel report any suspected cases of child abuse or neglect to the Division of Family and Youth Services for further investigation. 

Protection Against Child Abuse

Victims of child abuse are entitled to protection under Georgia’s domestic violence laws . A temporary restraining order can be used to remove the abuser from the home, to prevent them from having further contact with the child, and to hold them financially responsible by requiring the payment of child support.