The State of California has enacted several laws which protect victims of Domestic Violence. If you are a victim of Domestic Violence or knows someone who has suffered from acts of Domestic Violence, you should contact our office to discuss possible remedies and steps to take to prevent further abuse. If you are currently being abused, you should call 9-1-1.
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Domestic Violence Laws
Domestic violence laws include both criminal and civil actions which can be used to restrain an abuser from further harming a victim. The following information references California domestic violence laws. The laws in your state may vary or not be the same.
California domestic violence laws can be criminal in nature. California Penal Code §836 requires that an abuser be arrested for committing acts of Domestic Violence. This law recognizes both the danger of restraining order violations and the casual treatment by law enforcement for violations of a Domestic Violence Restraining Order. California police are now mandated to arrest offenders who violate domestic violence restraining orders.
California Penal Code §243 (e)(1) defines simple battery as intent to willfully inflict force or violence on an intimate partner. An “intimate partner” is a person who has a significant relationship with the abuser, to include: spouses, former spouses, children, former spouses, former cohabitants, or someone who the defendant is, or has, dated.
California Penal Code §243(d) defines aggravated battery is found when the defendant causes serious bodily injury to be inflicted on the person.
California Penal Code § 273.5 states that this offense is committed when a defendant willfully inflicts physical injury on an intimate partner that results in a traumatic condition. A “traumatic condition” is defined as a wound or other bodily injury, whether minor or serious, caused by the direct application of physical force.
Conviction of Domestic Battery
If you are convicted of domestic battery pursuant to California Penal Code Section 243(e)(1), you face a maximum penalty of one year in county jail, a $2,000 fine, and up to three years of probation. If probation is granted, the court will require you to successfully complete a batterer’s program for a minimum of one year.
Child Custody Orders
California Family Code §3044 requires that a California Family Court evoke the presumption that giving custody to a perpetrator of domestic violence is detrimental to the child.
Victims Housing Relocation Funds
California Assembly Bill 606 provides up to $2,000 in housing relocation funds for victims of Domestic Violence. Due to the fact that a victim if often financially dependent on an abuser, housing problems make it difficult for the victim to escape, especially if children are involved. Every Domestic Violence victim in California who reports acts of Domestic Violence to law enforcement is eligible for up to $2,000 to cover costs of housing relocation.
Temporary Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
California Family Code §6228 requires that law enforcement and prosecutors give victims one free copy of the Domestic Violence report within five days of being requested. This allows the victim to then have sufficient information to file for a temporary Domestic Violence Restraining Order.
California Labor Code §230 provides that an employer may not discharge, discriminate, or retaliate against an employee a victim of Domestic Violence who needs time-off from work to take action which will ensure the health, safety, or welfare of a domestic violence victim or their children.
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