Forms of Domestic Violence
Under Georgia domestic violence laws, types of domestic violence include everything from threats and harassment to actual physical assaults. These acts are committed against people residing in the same home, and include spouse abuse, intimate partner violence, child abuse, and violence against any household member.
Acts of Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is not only physical but can involve threats or damage to the victim’s emotional health and financial security. Listed under Section 19-13-1 of the Georgia Code, examples of domestic violence include:
- Stalking: Following, surveilling, contacting, or harassing another person against their will in a way meant to threaten or intimidate.
- Criminal Damage to Property: Destroying or damaging personal belongings, regardless of whether the damage was intended.
- Unlawful Restraint: Kidnapping and physically restraining the victim, or refusing to allow them to leave their home or property.
- Criminal Trespass: Knowingly interfering with or preventing someone from using property or possessions.
Domestic Assault and Battery
Domestic violence that becomes physical is classified as assault or battery. Outlined in the Georgia Domestic Violence Benchbook , these classifications include:
- Simple Battery: Intentional physical contact meant to insult or provoke;
- Battery: Intentionally causing substantial physical harm;
- Simple Assault: Attempting to cause violent injury to another;
- Aggravated Assault: Attempting to murder, rape, or rob another while using a gun, knife, or other type of weapon.
Any type of domestic violence should be taken seriously. In cases involving threats or perceived threats of physical harm, dial 911 and get to a safe place immediately .