Domestic violence is often a silent struggle for Californians. No one wants to show the ugly face of abuse to individuals that they encounter outside of their homes and so often they hide the pain and suffering that they endure so as to appear happy, confident and in control of their lives. However, it is often control that a domestic violence abuser seeks to ward over their victim and through that control an abuse may ruin their victim's life.
Disagreements are a part of life. Not everyone is going to see eye-to-eye. However, when a person lives in fear or is otherwise feeling unsafe, domestic violence may be the reason why. Domestic violence is any physical, mental or emotional behavior that negatively affects family members or those living in the home to the point where they feel fearful, angry or scared.
While every California relationship will have disagreements, arguments should never get to another level. That level is a physical or emotional level that can be incredibly damaging and abusive. No one should have to endure physical or emotional abuse by a loved one or family member. If one or their kids were subjected to domestic abuse, October is the month that brings awareness to that issue.
Anger is a natural human reaction. Everyone in California will feel angry and a slew of other emotions from time to time. But what about when someone's anger manifests into something physical? Should a person and their family live in fear of that person and their actions?
A restraining order is a powerful tool against domestic violence. California residents who are being abused by their spouse, partner or a close relative may need to seek a restraining order to protect themselves or their child. A restraining order can keep a person safe from their abuser. It is important, then, to understand what a restraining order can do and what it cannot do.