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Domestic violence refers to a type of offense perpetrated against someone with whom you share a close relationship. Therefore, domestic violence is an area of criminal law that actually includes many different offenses. It is the relationship between the parties that elevates the offense to “domestic violence.”


Relevance of the Relationship Between Defendant and Accuser

Domestic violence can refer to a single act of physical, emotional, sexual or even financial violence against the victim. In most cases, the victim will point to a cycle of violence between the parties.

You might be charged with either misdemeanor or felony domestic violence under Section 273.5 of the California Penal Code if the alleged victim was:

  • A spouse or former spouse

  • A romantic partner

  • A former dating partner

  • A cohabitant or former cohabitant (roommate)

  • The parent of your child 


                                                     Joel C. Renk handles all types of domestic violence cases, including:

  • Domestic battery

  • Criminal threats

  • Stalking

  • Harassment

  • Cyber-stalking

  • Violating a protective order

  • Child abuse

  • Child endangerment

  • Elder abuse


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