An abusive relationship between California parents can be difficult to correct. Even when the victim files for a divorce, the safety and emotional health of the children could still be at risk.
Although the best interests of the child guide the law, the result could be unfavorable for a child. The organization Violence Against Women reports that a high number of domestic abuse victims do not have custody of their children. Domestic violence can inflict trauma and depression upon a parent to an extent that the person is not able to support the child or provide consistent care. A family court might not give custody to a parent unable to meet physical and emotional needs.