Domestic violence happens all too often in the state of California. In many cases, victims of spousal abuse have children under the age of 18 who still live in the same home. Domestic violence doesn’t only affect the victim. It sends a ripple effect throughout the entire family, and it can be physically and emotionally devastating for generations.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, domestic violence is “a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner.”
These behaviors are typically designed to:
Domestic violence can be physical, sexual or emotional. It can also be psychological and economic. Sometimes several types of domestic violence are used in conjunction with one another, creating a terrifying home environment from which the victim feels there is no escape.
Physical abuse can include:
Sexual abuse can include:
Emotional abuse can include:
Psychological abuse can include:
Economic abuse can include:
Not all domestic violence incidents are reported. In fact, experts estimate that 90 percent of cases go unreported.
Domestic violence isn’t limited to female victims. However, approximately 40 percent of women in California will experience domestic violence during their lifetimes. Women between 18 and 24 are more likely to experience domestic violence than women in other age groups are.
Of all the women in California experiencing domestic violence, 75 percent of them have minor children living in the home.
There are many resources available in San Bernardino and beyond for victims of domestic violence. However, the most important thing is your safety and your children’s safety.
If you are experiencing domestic violence, get to a safe place as soon as you can. It’s important that you call the police after a violent incident – even before you call a San Bernardino domestic violence lawyer.
The police and your attorney may be able to provide you with a list of helpful resources, including women’s and family shelters where you will be safe from your violent spouse.
In the vast majority of cases, domestic violence doesn’t just “go away.” In fact, it usually gets worse.
You don’t have to stay with a violent spouse. In the state of California, which is a no-fault divorce state, you do not even need a reason to divorce your spouse.
If you are a parent, your main concern is probably your children and their safety. It’s important that you know California has laws in place to protect you and your kids if you are victims of domestic violence.
Police reports and other evidence will be essential in helping you obtain custody of your children and ensuring that you are all safe from your violent spouse. Your lawyer may ask you to provide any supporting documentation that you have in order to develop a strategy to protect you and your kids.
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