What Is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic abuse occurs when an individual mistreats a person who is part of their family or household or in a dating or marriage relationship. There are different types of domestic abuse including child abuse and elder abuse. Abuse may be defined as bodily injury, the threat of physical injury, and even words and actions that damage a person’s sense of well-being and independence, which constitutes emotional abuse.

If you have been charged with domestic abuse based on domestic violence the prosecutor may choose which charges to bring based on the severity of the conduct and the harm to the victim. Physical forms of domestic abuse may include but not be limited to grabbing, pushing, shoving, restricting movement such as stopping a partner from leaving; slapping, kicking, biting, hitting with a fist or object, beating up, or using weapons such as knives or guns.

What To Do?

Clearly, domestic abuse is a serious problem and the object of California law is to prevent violence in intimate or family relationships. Frequently, child protective services or other government agencies including police will get involved in such cases. You need legal guidance to understand your situation, your options, and to provide the greatest protection to your family and those who are close to you.

A victim of domestic abuse is allowed under law to apply for emergency protective orders and restraining orders in civil or criminal court. A protective order or a restraining order to not depend on physical harm. A victim who fears imminent harm or what has suffered emotional abuse can qualify for protection in California.