What is the legal definition in Georgia of family violence?
This section defines domestic violence for the purposes of getting a family violence protective order.
In general, if a family or household member hurts you or tries to hurt you (with or without using a weapon) or gives you reason to believe that s/he is going to hurt you in the near future, that person has committed an act of family violence. In order to get a protective order, you must have a specific relationship with the abuser. See Am I eligible to get a family violence protective order? for relationships that could qualify you for a protective order.
"Family violence" includes the occurrence of one or more of the following acts when committed by a family/household member:
- simple battery;
- simple assault;
- criminal damage to property;
- unlawful restraint;
- criminal trespass; or
- any felony.1
You can read the definitions of these crimes on our GA Statutes page. Family violence does not include "reasonable discipline" by a parent to a child in corporal punishment, restraint or detention.1
1 O.C.G.A. § 19-13-1