Who Can File for Domestic Violence

When we hear about victims of domestic violence, it is often regarding spousal abuse, intimate partner violence, or abuse of children. While these are all examples of different types of domestic violence , the fact is that anyone sharing a home with an abuser can be affected. If you are subject to threats, harassment, or physical harm by someone you live with, you may be entitled to file a petition and get protection through the Georgia court system.

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Victims of Domestic Violence

Under Section 19-13-1 of the Georgia Code , family violence involves acts of physical or emotional abuse, as well as threats, involuntary restraint, stalking, and damage to property. It can be committed by anyone with whom you share a residence, either currently or at some point in the past. Victims of domestic violence include the following:

  • Spouses, ex-spouses, and current or former intimate partners;
  • Biological, adopted, foster, or stepchildren;
  • Parents, grandparents, siblings and other relatives, related by blood or marriage;
  • Boarders, roommates, or anyone living in the home.

How to Stop Domestic Violence

In considering how to stop domestic violence, you should do the following:

  • Remove yourself immediately from the situation;
  • Notify law enforcement;
  • Request a referral to domestic violence resources in your area;
  • File a petition through the Georgia court system.

Once your petition is filed, you may be entitled to get a protective order . This can prevent the abuser from entering your home or property and restrict them from contacting you at work, school, or in other public places.