Each year, millions of people are impacted by different forms of domestic violence and abuse. If you or a loved one has been the victim of domestic assault, please understand that you have legal rights and ways to seek protection from your abuser.
Under California law, domestic violence refers to someone intentionally or recklessly causing or attempting to cause bodily injury to another. In addition, domestic violence may involve causing someone to fear immediate, serious bodily injury.
If you were assaulted by a spouse, domestic partner, relative, or other individual, then you may be able to press charges for domestic assault by contacting law enforcement. Please be aware that you will need to provide detailed information to law enforcement, including your account of the domestic assault, any information pertaining to witnesses, and any photographic or video evidence that could aid in substantiating your case. An experienced domestic assault lawyer can assist you during this process and can be there for you if you are questioned by law enforcement about what happened.