Domestic violence or abuse, also known as spousal abuse, occurs when one person in an intimate relationship or marriage tries to dominate and control the other person. Domestic abuse that includes physical violence is called domestic violence.
Domestic violence and abuse are used for one purpose and one purpose only: to gain and maintain total control over you. An abuser doesn’t “play fair.” Abusers use fear, guilt, shame, and intimidation to wear you down and keep you under his or her thumb. Your abuser may also threaten you, hurt you, or hurt those around you.
Domestic violence and abuse does not discriminate; it happens among heterosexual couples and in same-sex partnerships. It occurs within all age ranges, ethnic backgrounds, and economic levels. And while women are more commonly victimized, men are also abused—especially verbally and emotionally, although sometimes even physically as well. The bottom line is that abusive behavior is never acceptable, whether it’s coming from a man, a woman, a teenager, or an older adult. You deserve to feel valued, respected, and safe.
What is domestic violence in California?
In California, domestic violence is abuse against a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, or former cohabitant. Also, abuse inflicted by your current or former…Read more.
Do I have to file for divorce to get a protective order?
No. You don’t have to file for divorce to obtain a protective order. Instead, you can file a separate action to obtain a domestic violence protective order…Read more.
What are the warning signs and red flags (from the National Domestic Violence Hotline)?
It’s not always easy to tell at the beginning of a relationship if it will become abusive. In fact, many abusive partners may seem absolutely perfect in the early …Read more.