From 2003- to 2016, Georgia tragically lost more than 1,671 citizens to domestic violence. Whether physical, mental, or emotional, abuse often causes serious trauma for the victims. Though such abuse is against the law, civil suits are sometimes victims’ only path to justice. If you’ve suffered abuse and need help, Atlanta attorneys ChancoSchiffer P.C. can offer a way for crime victims to receive fair financial compensation for their suffering.
Domestic violence and abuse are some of the most common circumstances for abuse, and can manifest in many ways. These include:
Abusers can also commit financial or economic abuse, which involves taking control of another person’s finances and not letting him or her access it. Financial or economic abuse often makes it difficult for the victim to leave, as he or she often does not have any money with which to support him or herself.
The final main type of abuse is cultural or identity abuse. It happens when one person uses some aspect of another person’s identity to make him or her suffer or to gain control.
Some people believe a criminal prosecution prevents them from being able to file a civil suit against their abuser. Even if the abuser is also the defendant in a criminal prosecution, you can still file a civil suit.
The standard of proof for abuse civil suits is lower than it is in criminal court. The victim must show that it is more likely than not the defendant abused him or her, which is proving by a preponderance of the evidence. In a criminal case, the victim must show beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant abused him or her because of the more severe punishment.
Abuse in any form is a serious offense. If someone is abusing you in Atlanta, you need legal help to escape the situation and be able to move on with your life. The attorneys at ChancoSchiffer P.C. have experience dealing with abuse civil suits and understand how serious they are. We will treat you with compassion and care, providing personal and dedicated attention. Contact ChancoSchiffer P.C. for attorneys who will do everything possible to get you the compensation you need to recover from your abuse.