Seeking Compensation for Georgia Domestic Violence Victims


March 23, 2011

Domestic violence affects as many as ten million families in the United States each year. A recently released report by the Violence Policy Center listed Georgia as 15th in the nation for killings of women by men in single-victim homicides. Most of these killings were related to domestic violence. Over eight hundred Georgians have died in the past seven years due to domestic violence according to the Georgia Commission on Family Violence.

Many domestic violence victims feel trapped because of financial dependence on the perpetrator. What many domestic violence victims do not realize is that they have a right to financial compensation if they suffer serious injury at the hands of an abuser. If you or someone you love has suffered serious injury or wrongful death as a result of domestic violence, Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, can help you seek the compensation you need to escape the cycle of violence. Our experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyers will diligently pursue your best interests.

In Georgia there is not a "crime" called “Family Violence.” The Family Violence Act covers the acts of certain types of crimes against specified persons.

Acts of Family Violence can be:

  • battery
  • assault
  • stalking
  • sexual assault
  • rape
  • criminal damage to property
  • unlawful restraint
  • criminal trespass
  • felony battery

Many victims of domestic violence know that they can seek restraining orders to keep their attacker away or file criminal charges, but many victims feel financial pressure to simply endure the abuse. Because Georgia law permits a victim of domestic abuse to file a personal injury lawsuit, an abuse victim may be able to escape the cycle of abuse and obtain the financial compensation they need to rebuild their life by filing a civil lawsuit for damages against their abuser. Victims of physical assault or battery, sexual abuse and even emotional abuse may seek to pursue their abuser in a civil lawsuit.

If you are a victim of family violence you have the right to seek justice and financial compensation for your injuries through the civil court system in Georgia. Our compassionate and experienced personal injury attorneys will aggressively pursue financial compensation to help you escape your abusive situation. We will also coordinate with law enforcement and the district attorney regarding your safety and the progress of any pending criminal charges against your abuser. Domestic violence can have tragic circumstances that are only compounded if an abuse victim shares minor children with one’s abuser. If you or your loved one feel trapped by financial dependence in a domestic violence situation, Montlick and Associates may be able to help you and your child obtain the financial security that may facilitate you starting over in a safe environment. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will give their best efforts to obtaining the compensation you deserve as we have for over a quarter of a century.

The Atlanta personal injury law firm of Montlick and Associates is available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Personal Injury

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