California domestic violence law overview - The penal codes guide


The California domestic violence laws are penal codes set up to protect people from abuse from family members or intimate partners, etc.

If you or a loved one is charged or accused of domestic violence in California, you or they would like to understand the basic domestic violence law codes of the state.

This article will help you with that and also connect you with a California domestic violence law office for a free consultation if you have a case or potential one.

What qualifies as domestic violence in California?

So, what is considered domestic violence in California?

The California domestic violence laws qualify/consider domestic violence as abuse such as threatening or harming family members like relatives, children, parents, etc. It also includes threats of abuse or actual abuse of a wife, co-habitants, intimate partner, or someone one is dating.

The California domestic violence law Code defines abuse as:

  • Hitting someone
  • Stalking someone
  • Scaring someone
  • Intimidating someone
  • Sexual assault
  • Destroying someone's property(s)
  • etc.

What are California law codes commonly used for domestic violence cases?

The California penal code section 243(e)(1), section 273.5, penal code 13700 PC(b), and the family law code section 6203 are commonly used as domestic violence laws to charge people accused of DV.

California penal code section 243(e)(1)

This law defines domestic battery as related to domestic violence.

The California Penal Code Section 243(e)(1) says that domestic battery is when violence or force is against

  • a current or former spouse
  • former or current fiancee or fiance
  • a cohabitant
  • an ex or current spouse
  • dating partner

California penal code 273.5 PC

This law defines corporal injury as related to DV.

California Penal Code 273.5 PC says that it is a crime to inflict a corporal injury on a

  • former or current spouse
  • dating partner
  • current or former cohabitant
  • current or former co-parent

California penal code 13700 PC

Define "domestic violence".

The California penal code 13700 pc subdivision b defines “domestic violence” as abuse against a minor or an adult who is former or current

  • spouse
  • cohabitant
  • co-parent
  • dating partner
  • etc.

There are more laws for domestic violence that are used for DV cases but speaking to a domestic violence attorney will be wise so you will learn more and which one is related to your case.

Get an attorney help if facing a Domestic Violence case

If you or a loved one is facing or accused of California domestic violence in San Diego County call the number on the website to speak with a lawyer for a free case review.

Don't play with your freedom or let any prevent you from seeking the right representation, even attorney costs. The price of not getting help can cost more than an attorney fee.

Your lawyer would be able to help you understand California domestic violence laws better and how it pertains to your unique case.