Consisting of physical or sexual assault and abuse, intimidation, battery or other type of abuse inflicted to gain power and control over another, domestic violence varies in its pattern and severity. Specifically with family law, in Georgia, domestic violence is considered an act of family violence and includes physical, sexual and emotional abuse among members of a family. The following behaviors are considered domestic violence, according to Georgia law:
- Spousal abuse, rape
- Sexual abuse
- Child abuse
- Elder abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Verbal abuse, threats or assault
To protect those abused by spouses (present or past), parents, stepparents, stepchildren, foster parents, foster children or anyone living or formerly living in a home, Georgia’s Family Violence Act, along with domestic violence laws in the state include provisions for protective orders, restraining orders, divorce, harassment, stalking and other crimes.
If you or a loved one is experiencing domestic violence in Evans or Richmond County, Augusta attorney Fred Kennedy can help. Well-versed in Georgia laws designed to protect you, he will push hard to protect individuals and children caught up in the cycle of abuse. To schedule a free and confidential consultation, contact the law firm of Fred M. Kennedy, P.C, today.
A Trusted And Experienced Domestic Violence Attorney
While accusations of domestic abuse are taken very seriously in Georgia, some individuals may accuse another in the heat of the moment, or simply to gain control in a relationship that is unhealthy. Thus, it is imperative to obtain a trusted and experienced domestic violence attorney that will investigate thoroughly on your behalf—no matter what side you’re on.
There’s no question—the stakes are high for those accused of domestic violence, as they face criminal charges, jail-time, a large fine, mandatory anger management, counseling or a lengthy probation. What’s more is that in the event that the accused has minor-aged children, he/she may not be allowed to see them. Depending on the circumstances of the case, a conviction may mean the permanent loss of child custody or strict limitations on visitation. Even so, the state of Georgia allocates a significant number of resources towards prosecuting those charged with domestic violence.
Attorney Fred M. Kennedy’s emphasis on service and his strong client commitment is why many continue to seek his expertise when they are faced with the devastating issue of domestic violence. Simply put, clients know that they can trust attorney Fred Kennedy to help them navigate the complexities of their case, while protecting their rights.
To speak to Fred M. Kennedy in a free, private consultation, contact his Augusta law firm today.