Domestic assault in the home? A divorce could be an option

On Behalf of | Mar 30, 2022 | Criminal Defense

Domestic assault is a problem throughout Georgia and the rest of the United States, which is why it’s important to address it if it is happening in your home. Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior that may turn into domestic assault or abuse.

Domestic assault is more specifically defined as an action that either threatens or does include violent acts. Common kinds of domestic assault include battery, physical assault and sexual assault.

Physical abuse may be less obvious than you’d think

Sometimes, physical abuse isn’t hitting and punching. Other forms of physical abuse to watch out for include:

  • Hurting a partner’s pet
  • Biting the other person
  • Pushing someone
  • Taking away a person’s assistance devices, like their medicine or glasses

Domestic assault may not lead to serious wounds, but the damage is still significant enough to result in charges.

What should you do if you’re a victim of domestic assault?

It is always important to have a plan to get to safety if you are living in a dangerous home environment. Preparing copies of important documents and keeping a packed bag ready will help you leave if you are at risk.

Additionally, you can request temporary protective orders to keep the violent individual away from you. Though a temporary order is not designed for the long-term, it will help impose penalties on an offender if they approach you when they have been ordered to stay away. Additionally, you can usually get this kind of order in an emergency until you’re able to attend a hearing.

What can you do if you want to get a divorce?

It makes sense to want to get a divorce from someone who is violent or who threatens to hurt you or those you care about. If you would like to start the process of getting a divorce, it’s helpful to begin with the temporary protective order to be sure you are safe. From there, you can start to collect documentation for your divorce and take steps to stay separated from your spouse. Taking the right action now could help you break free of the cycle of violence and move forward.