Domestic Violence-Understanding the law                

Domestic Violence laws are clearly explained in California Family Code Section 6200 and the sections that follow.  Domestic Violence is different than Civil Harassment, since it involves persons with a certain type of personal relationship.  In order for Domestic Violence laws to apply in the Family law setting, there must be a relationship between the parties under Family Code 6211:


“Domestic violence” is abuse perpetrated against any of the following persons:


  • A spouse or former spouse.
  • A cohabitant or former cohabitant, as defined in Section 6209.
  • A person with whom the respondent is having or has had a dating or engagement relationship.
  • A person with whom the respondent has had a child, 
  • A child of a party or a child who is the subject of an action 
  • Any other person related by consanguinity or affinity within the second degree.

Domestic Violence occurs when there is abuse between person with the above-type of relationship, which are spelled out under California Domestic Violence laws.


Domestic Violence Abuse Under the Law in California


Family Code 6203 Defines "Abuse" under California Law as follows:


For purposes of this act, “abuse” means any of the following:

  • To intentionally or recklessly cause or attempt to cause bodily injury.
  • Sexual assault.
  • To place a person in reasonable apprehension of imminent serious bodily injury to that person or to another.
  • To engage in any behavior that has been or could be enjoined pursuant to  Section 6320
  • Abuse is not limited to the actual infliction of physical injury or assault.


If you have the victim of Domestic Violence or are being accused of Domestic Violence, you must contact competent counsel immediately.  


The Law Office of Bradley S. Sandler A Professional Corporation has unique experience regarding Domestic Violence prosecution and defense. Call 310-246-3900 or contact me at Bradley@sandlerlawfirm.com to schedule a consultation at my Beverly Hills office. 

It is Important to Understand the Signs of Abuse

Domestic Violence laws are clearly explained in California Family Code Section 6200 and the sections that follow.