In the state of California, domestic violence is a very serious issue.
California Penal Code Section 13700 states, “Abuse means intentionally or recklessly causing or attempting to cause bodily injury, or placing another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent serious bodily injury to himself or herself, or another.”
Domestic violence means, “Abuse committed against an adult or a minor who is a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, former cohabitant, or person with whom the suspect has had a child or is having or has had a dating or engagement relationship.”
Domestic violence involves physical and/or verbal abuse against a current or former close/intimate partner. It can result in severe injuries, bruising and even death. Oftentimes it is not reported because the victim fears for her life.
Domestic violence can be physical, sexual or emotional abuse. It involves battering that may include broken bones, internal bleeding and bruising. In addition, it can involve rape, threats, harassment, and stalking.
Statistics show that 35 to 40 percent of all assaults are related to domestic violence. Are you aware that California has more than 150,000 domestic violence calls every year – with more than 40,000 arrests made?
Physical violence, in most cases, will increase in frequency and level over time. No one should put up with this from anyone even if the abuser tells you he loves you. Remember, love is not abuse, and domestic violence kills millions of women every year.
If you have been the victim of domestic violence or are being charged with it, you are probably feeling confused and frightened. It can be overwhelming when you don’t know what to do, where to go, or how to defend yourself.
Contact The Law Offices of Amy M. Montes California Family Law Attorneys. She will make sure your rights are protected and help you get through this so you can look forward to a brighter and happier future.