As if divorce were not difficult enough, leaving an abusive marriage makes it even more so. You are likely to face more hurdles not only from your vengeful spouse but also from the judicial system. You may not fit the stereotype of an abuse victim. You may not be meek, fearful and dependent but outspoken, angry and independent instead. You may be wealthy or suffer from a mental illness. You may experience verbal abuse, not physical.
Last week, over 200 Georgia victim advocates, law enforcement officials, medical professionals, family law attorneys, and other social service providers attended the fifth annual Domestic Violence Conference in Dalton, Georgia. While the goal of the conference was to coordinate an overall response to the growing number of reports of domestic violence throughout Georgia, attendees focused on the growing epidemic of teen dating violence in the state.
A family court judge has issued a denial to a motion made by Gabriel Aubry, actress Halle Berry's ex-boyfriend and the father of her three-year-old daughter. In his motion, Aubry requested that the judge rescind the earlier order that a nanny be present whenever Aubry has custody of the couple's daughter, Nahla.
There are countless reasons that an Atlanta couple might decide to end their marriage. Because every relationship, marriage, and family is different, it is likely impossible to boil those reasons down to simple explanations that can be placed in neat categories. But a recent survey has attempted to do just that, and has concluded that domestic abuse is the most common reason that both men and women decide to file for divorce.
According to a recent study, Georgia is among the top 10 states in the U.S. in terms of domestic violence homicides. Specifically, Georgia ranks sixth for women killed by men, and the majority of the homicides were the result of domestic violence committed by men against their wives or other intimate partners.