What Constitutes Domestic Violence in California?

The definition of domestic violence in California extends far beyond the most common understanding of a man physically abusing a woman. In California, any of the following actions are considered domestic violence when committed by a current or former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend, person you have a child with, person you live(d) with, or person you are related to through blood or marriage:

  • Causing or attempting to cause physical injury
  • Sexual assault
  • Causing fear that you or another person you know will be physically injured
  • Molestation, attack, battery, or stalking
  • Threats or harassment, either in person or via phone or email
  • Destruction of personal property

Victims of domestic violence can obtain a domestic violence restraining order (DVRO), a civil court order that is signed by a judge. The DVRO serves to keep the abuser at a distance under penalty of law.

If you are a victim of domestic violence and would like to obtain a DVRO, a Los Angeles family lawyer can help you. Contact Claery & Hammond, LLP to receive the legal assistance you need for your family law matter.