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The Legal Definition of Domestic Violence in California

Last updated 4 years ago

Under California law, domestic abuse involves abuse directed toward a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, or prior romantic partner. In addition, domestic abuse refers to abusive behavior in second-degree family relationships, such as brothers or sisters. Any acts of violence or threats of violence can be classified as abuse.

This video provides an overview of domestic violence, outlining what kinds of behavior classify as threats under California law. As the video explains, domestic abuse doesn’t just refer to physical violence, as death threats, throwing objects, and destroying property can all be considered abuse. If someone fears for his or her safety, it’s advisable to seek a restraining order against the abuser.

For more information on California restraining orders, contact Moreno Family Law at (408) 266-9011. Our San Jose divorce attorneys encourage compromise in family law matters, exploring every avenue toward settling a client’s case out of court. Contact us online to set up a consultation with one of our experienced divorce attorneys. 


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