Atlanta, GA asked in Libel & Slander, Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Georgia

Q: Is harrassment via phone, text, and in person of a person who is legally blind And an above knew amputee, confined to

Aawheelchair a criminal offense? The behavior includes threats of bodily harm, threats of death, telling the person that they are completely worthless and degrading them with vile language and unkind remarks about their disability, and physical appearance, making false allegations to authorities about the person, threatening them with homelessness, frightening them by luring their caregiver away under false pretenses and showing up at their residence to Terrorize them, screaming in their face, sending copious amounts of text messages and voicemails detailing the person's worthlessness, posting false allegations and personal information on social media and generally making their life living hell to the point that the person contemplated suicide. The abuse has gone on for a period of 5 years. Abuser is the grown child of the victims significant other. Does the disabled person have any recourse under the law?

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Joshua Schiffer
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Joshua Schiffer
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  • Roswell, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: The first step is to contact the local law enforcement authorities as well as the appropriate government agency advising and protecting our elderly and differently abled, such as the Georgia Division of Aging Services. There may be multiple vectors of abuse here, and they need assistance immediately. No one should suffer from verbal, emotional and physical abuse.

There are also a series of suits that can be brought for intentional torts related to the abuse, and the person could be entitled to significant monetary damages if the abuser is financially solvent.

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