Domestic Violence in California
Some people wrongly assume the term “domestic violence” only involves injury during family fights, and only between spouses—and for that reason, some people are victims of domestic violence without even realizing. California law recognizes domestic violence as any willful, harmful touching or threat a person makes against a current or former spouse, cohabitant, fiancé, girlfriend or boyfriend, or parent of their child(ren). This definition obviously includes being injured, but it also encompasses any forceful action taken against you by a significant other, even if you aren’t injured in the process—for example, shoving, pulling hair or tearing clothes. Any of these actions taken against a significant other can be criminal in California, and if you have been a victim, you are entitled to protection under the law.
Resolving Disputes Creatively Can Save Time and Money
As a practice focused on family law, we try to help families resolve their disputes as amicably as possible. However, domestic violence is a game-changer as far as we are concerned. At the Law Offices of Hollie A. Lemkin, we believe domestic violence has no place in any healthy family unit, and we will utilize all available legal remedies to protect the well-being of victimized spouses and children.
Threats and Stalking
California law doesn’t just protect you against acts of violence, but also against threats of violence. If someone makes against you that prompts a reasonable belief that they will carry out the threat, that threat is illegal under the law—even if the person never touches you. This includes verbal threats of harm against you, as well as nonverbal threats like stalking or harassing.
If you believe you have been a victim of domestic violence, we can help. Call the Law Offices of Hollie A. Lemkin for a consultation.
How We Approach Domestic Violence
For anyone who approaches us with concerns about domestic violence, our first priority is always the safety of the victim, as well as the safety of any children involved in the union. The steps we take to help you may include any/all of the following:
- Ensuring immediate safety for your and the children (including finding a temporary safe space, if necessary)
- Filing appropriate criminal charges with local prosecutors on your behalf
- Seeking a restraining order from the courts forbidding the offender from getting close to you and/or the children
- Filing for divorce (if applicable), or adjusting our strategy if a divorce is already in process
- Exploring your options for civil litigation