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Atlanta woman burned in domestic violence attack

The problem of violence between domestic or romantic partners has been an issue in American life for a long period. For much of that time it was covered up or excused. However, over the last couple decades, domestic violence has gotten more attention, and political and social forces have begun to array against it, both in Georgia and elsewhere.

Unfortunately, this attention has not made the problem disappear. Many people are the victims of domestic violence each day, both women and men. Recently, an Atlanta resident who was part of a group whose mission was to aid women who had been battered became a victim of her own abusive ex-boyfriend.

The woman's estranged partner was already wanted on warrants stemming from a domestic violence incident last December. According to reports he came to the woman's home and doused her with gasoline, then set her aflame. She was taken to a hospital with 25 percent of her body covered with third-degree burns. The alleged perpetrator drove the woman to the hospital, then absconded with her vehicle. He was tracked down by law enforcement and taken into custody after a brief fight.

Unfortunately, incidents like this highlight the need for those suffering from domestic violence to explore all their legal options in order to help keep them as safe as possible. In some cases, it may be possible to seek a temporary restraining order or an order of protection against the perpetrator of the abuse. Those unsure about what can be done may wish to consider contacting a Georgia family law attorney.

Source:, "Georgia woman who helped domestic violence victims doused with gasoline, set on fire by her ex-boyfriend," Tobias Salinger, June 7, 2016

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