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Firearms and domestic violence: A review of the law

Domestic abuse is more than physical abuse. A California victim of this devastating form of harm may suffer psychological and emotional harm as a result of the attacks they are subjected to by a member of their households. An abuser on their own may be able to cause a significant amount of harm in the life of their victim; an abuser with a gun is a potentially deadly threat to those who must live with them.

End of a relationship may not mean the end of domestic violence

Several months ago, this family law blog discussed the applicability of California's domestic violence statute to ex-spouses. A person who was formerly married to their abuser has rights under this law. This post will expand on that topic to discuss two other ways that former partners may be protected from domestic violence.

I suffer from emotional abuse. Do I have rights as a victim?

It is a common misconception that abuse between intimate partners must be physical. This myth has been perpetuated by entertainment programs that portray victims, often women, suffering from black eyes and broken bones due to the harm inflicted by their husbands and boyfriends. While physical abuse of this nature is domestic violence, so too are the types of abuse that others in California may never see.

Actress accused of domestic violence after striking her husband

Although readers of this Seal Beach family law blog may assume that all domestic violence abusers are men, this is not true. Women also commit violence against the individuals that they share relationships with and can be responsible for inflicting mental and physical pain upon those that they are close to. Over the Thanksgiving holiday a television actress was arrested for allegedly hitting her husband of two years.

Stalking is a damaging form of domestic violence

From time to time a celebrity news source may report on an incident of stalking that occurred between a media personality and a fan. These forms of stalking are often criminal in nature, and individuals who commit them can be prosecuted in the criminal courts of California. However, there is a second form of stalking that is equally deserving of attention and just as damaging as those that occur between delusional individuals and their objects of fixation: domestic violence stalking.

Legal options are available for victims of domestic violence

Domestic violence is not always obvious. It can be difficult to spot in a California family's household, and it can be challenging to address when victims are afraid to take action against their abusers. Because domestic violence can take on many forms, identifying it as a problem in one's life can be even more challenging.

Do domestic violence protections extend to ex-spouses?

In the state of California the term "domestic violence" utilizes a broad definition and covers a variety of different personal relationships. Claims of domestic violence can include allegations that one party attempted to physically harm another, that an aggressor sexually abused their domestic violence victim and that an aggressor used intimidation to make their victim fear for their safety.

Abuse need not be physical to be domestic violence

When portrayed on television, victims of domestic violence often carry bruises and injuries on their bodies. These physical manifestations of harm are recognizable, and unfortunately many Californians suffer from these devastating injuries at the hands of family members. However, not all cases of domestic violence involve physical harm. Many victims of domestic violence suffer from abuse that others may never actually see.

The Brandon Law Group represents victims of domestic violence

Domestic violence plagues many households throughout California. It occurs between spouses, domestic partners, parents and their children, and across generations. It happens in the homes of the wealthy and of the poor. It does not discriminate and it is dangerous to those who suffer as its victims.

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