What Constitutes Domestic Violence?

What Constitutes Domestic Violence?

The term domestic violence is a broad one-encompassing more than just the physical threats one might typically think of when they hear those words. While physical violence is certainly a valid concern for many individuals, California domestic violence law does not limit these offenses to physical abuse alone.

What Other Types of Domestic Violence Are There?

“Abuse is not limited to the actual infliction of physical injury or assault,” according to the California Family Code. The law states that domestic violence can take other forms in settings where people have been married, have had an intimate relationship, or have had children together. Placing annoying or intimidating phone calls, issuing threats, or making unsolicited contact- directly or indirectly- could all constitute domestic violence. Behavior that causes someone else to feel uneasy, or disturbs their well-being, may result in a restraining order.

Family law disputes don’t always bring out the best in people. Everyone’s emotions are running high and each party feels ill-treated by the other. It’s not uncommon for people to send emails and texts or leave phone messages that the other party deems offensive. Sometimes, if one party feels like they’re not getting through to the other, they may resort to sending messages to the other party through friends or acquaintances. The California family court defines these acts as domestic violence. Although these acts may not have been physically violent, the court may still issue a restraining order.

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