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Defining domestic violence in California

The Office on Violence Against Women, a division of the U.S. Department of Justice, comprehensively defines domestic violence as "a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain control over another intimate partner." However, this is a general, all-encompassing definition of a problem that presents in many different forms.

Jennifer Hudson obtains restraining order against David Otunga

On Friday, November 17, 2017, a representative for singer and actress Jennifer Hudson announced her split from fiancé of nine years, David Otunga. The pair have been a couple for the last 10 years, and have one son together, born in 2009. On that same day, Hudson also requested and obtained a protective order.

How to prove emotional abuse when seeking help from the courts

Domestic violence does not always entail physical abuse. Oftentimes, physical abuse is predicated by emotional, also known as psychological, abuse. In this situation, an abuser uses words and manipulations to control a victim, usually in a threatening tone of voice. They may also force the victim to lie, or perform demeaning tasks. An emotional abuser's victim is often not only their spouse, but also the children.

What can a protective order do for a victim of domestic violence?

As previously discussed on this blog, domestic violence is a serious problem that does not discriminate. It impacts families of every financial, social, racial and ethnic background. It can take on different forms and cut its victims down physically, emotionally and mentally. For those who suffer under its pressures, escaping domestic violence can seem impossible.

We advocate for victims of domestic violence

Families are built upon foundations of love, trust and shared values. All throughout California, individuals rally together with their family members in order to weather tough times and to pull through challenges they may otherwise succumb to if they were on their own. For many, family is the constant that provides stability and safety in their otherwise chaotic lives.

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