Domestic violence can destroy families and rip apart the very social fabric of society. The law has been designed from the ground up to prevent and stop domestic violence, and suitably rehabilitate perpetrators. Domestic violence in California is defined as any criminal offense that involves committing a battery on one’s spouse, parent, cohabitant, or partner. It is charged under the California Penal Code 243(e)(1).
The most common charges for domestic violence in California include:
- Child Endangerment (PC 273a)
- Corporal Injury to a Spouse or Cohabitant (PC 273.5)
- Child Abuse (PC 273d)
- Criminal Threats (PC 422)
Victims of domestic violence carry feelings of self-doubt and even helplessness, which makes it important to seek help. Below are 4 types of domestic violence in California.