Domestic Violence and Battery

Domestic violence is defined as abuse or threats of abuse that occur between an abuser and a victim  an intimate relationship. An “intimate relationship” can involve a husband and wife, domestic partners, dating individuals or individuals who’ve previously dated, currently or previously cohabitating couples, or partners who have had  a child together. Domestic battery includes any harmful touching that creates any kind of physical injury or causes somebody to feel threatened.

Domestic violence law in California classifies the following as domestic abuse:

  • Physically hurting or attempting to hurt someone, intentionally or recklessly;
  • Sexual assault;
  • Making people reasonably afraid that they or others will soon be seriously hurt, including threats or promises to harm someone;
  • Behavior that’s considered harassing, stalking or threatening, or hitting someone;
  • Disturbing someone’s peace;
  • Destroying someone’s personal property;

Penalties for Domestic Violence and Domestic Battery

Generally, there is a required probation period of three years. Additionally, you must complete a 52 week batterer’s program. There may also be additional jail or prison time attached.