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Domestic Violence Archives

California to enforce Canadian restraining orders

A California bill that allows law enforcement agencies in the state to enforce Canadian orders of protection has been signed into law. Not only does the bill allow police to better protect those seeking protection from domestic violence, but it will also improve cooperation between the state and Canadian authorities.

Renewal of protective order not dependent on new abuse

Law enforcement officers in California respond to domestic violence calls by the thousands. To aid people and families affected by domestic abuse, the Family Violence Appellate Project appeals court decisions that fail to protect victims. The nonprofit victim advocacy group won an appeal for a woman who had been denied a renewal of a three-year restraining order against an ex-boyfriend.

What happens when a restraining order is granted

A person in California may decide to file a restraining against someone who has been violent towards them or threatened to be violent towards them. Even if the person who is being restrained did not threaten the victim's children, a restraining order will protect the victim and any minor children that they live with. The restraining order will also protect other relatives who live in the victim's home.

Convicted of Domestic Violence? How it could affect custody

Everyone makes poor choices at one time or another. If you have a domestic violence conviction, it's probably not something you're proud of. You love your kids and you want to be a part of their lives. But you're getting divorced and you worry: how will my domestic violence conviction affect my relationship with my kids? Will I be able to see them? Does it mean I have no chance at shared custody?

Sarah Palin's son in domestic violence incident

Physical abuse may be an issue for a California couple as it was for Sarah Palin's 26-year-old son Track and his girlfriend in January. The incident occurred during a drunken argument between the two, and he was arrested that night. He has been in other alcohol-fueled fights, such as a brawl at a party in 2014 that left him with broken ribs.

Domestic violence a national epidemic

On Dec. 18, a New Jersey man killed his girlfriend and her teenage daughter with a rope and a hammer. As is often the case, the local media did not report this crime as domestic violence but as a double homicide, questioning the actions of the victims. The story underscores a public health crisis that plays itself out millions of times a year in California and across the United States.

Problem of domestic violence

Although many California residents are aware of the problem of domestic violence, they may not know how prevalent it is, both in the state as well as across the nation. The problem impacts millions of people in the United States every year, and domestic violence victims include both women and men.