Despite what most people may think, you can be abused by an intimate partner. In fact, more than 10 million women and men are abused by their significant others in the United States each year. Abuse generally takes many forms, and abusers tend to use a combination of tactics to control the person being abused.
California has enacted laws \ with the intention to prevent both physical and non-physical abuse in familial or intimate relationships. If you are in an abusive familial or intimate relationship, you should speak with an experienced Central Valley family law attorney to learn about your legal rights.
California Domestic Violence Law
California Family Code Section 6211 defines domestic violence as abuse perpetrated against any of the following individuals:
• a) A spouse or former spouse;
• b) A cohabitant or former cohabitant. A “cohabitant” means a person who regularly resides in the household. A “former cohabitant” means a person who formerly regularly resided in the household. Family Code Section 6209
• c) A person with whom the respondent is having or has had a dating or engagement relationship;
• d) A person with whom the respondent has had a child, where the presumption applies that the male parent is the father of the child;
• e) A child of a party
• f) Any other person related by consanguinity or affinity within the second degree.
Abuse is legally defined as any intentional or reckless cause or attempt to cause bodily injury, sexual assault, or placing a person in reasonable apprehension of imminent seriously bodily injury. Additionally, California family laws also protect victims of non-physical violence. Under California laws, abuse can be verbal, emotional, or psychological. As such, non-physical actions such as harassment, unwanted phone calls, verbal threats and stalking, can likely qualify as abuse under California’s legal definition of Domestic Violence.
Get Help for Domestic Violence
If you are being verbally, physically, emotionally or mentally abused, you need to get a Domestic Violence Restraining Order. This is a court order that helps protect you from abuse. If you are not eligible under the law to get a Domestic Violence Restraining Order, you may seek Civil Harassment Restraining Order. An experienced Central Valley Domestic Violence attorney can better assist you.
Call an Experienced Central Valley Family Law Attorney
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with Central Valley family law attorney Gurjit Srai, please call (209) 323-5558 or (559) 449-1447, or complete our online form.