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Domestic violence in Los Angeles - California Penal Code Section 273.5


Domestic violence is classified as any form of abuse that takes place in a romantic relationship between adults or teenagers. Recently, domestic violence has been gaining ground in our society, and domestic violence is a crime that gets an immediate response from both law enforcement and prosecutors in Los Angeles.

Law enforcement and Prosecutors consider intimate partner abuse and domestic violence a serious public health problem due to the fact that it affects more than 2 million women and 800,000 men and causes homelessness, injury or death to victims, billions of dollars in health care costs and loss of labor productivity.

Cohabitants, as used in the statute Penal Code Section 273.5, mean more than roommates and instead describe a relationship of two people living together for a substantial period of time. A person can live with more than one person at the same time qualifying them as a cohabitant. Cohabitants can include: mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters.

The warning signs that law enforcement and prosecutors consider when they suspect the crime of domestic violence or intimate partner violence include the feeling of being diminished, assaulted or overly controlled by their partner.

Cohabitants, used in the statute, mean more than roommates and instead describe a relationship of two people who live together for a substantial period of time, and who have embarked on a full-fledged relationship.

Domestic violence can be reported to law enforcement and prosecutors by healthcare providers, friends, family and colleagues. The evidence often focused for victims of domestic abuse, including frequent absence from school or work, numerous injuries that the victim tries to explain, low self-esteem esteem, a change in their personality, fear of conflict, passive-aggressive behavior, blaming themselves for problems in their relationship, isolation from others or physical symptoms related to stress. Healthcare professionals monitor partner abuse in about 20% of the patients observed. Very often those healthcare professionals will be called to testify in court during a domestic violence trial.

Law enforcement is very quick to respond to arrest those accused of domestic violence and to help victims of domestic violence. In particular section 273.5 of the California Penal Code. This crime related to domestic violence is very common and is often described by those who suffer it as an intentional injury.

A physical injury to a spouse or intimate partner is commonly considered in Los Angeles County criminal courts as "domestic abuse".

Under the Criminal Code 273.5 PC it is considered a crime to inflict physical harm on a spouse or partner. Body injury is any physical injury, serious or minor.

Let's take an example. A man and his wife are in an argument. In a moment of anger, the man smacks his wife and she calls 911. When the officers arrive, they hear the story of his wife and see that he has a black eye. This man could be tried for bodily injury to his wife.

In a similar example, the woman calls 911 to report an episode of domestic violence to the police. When the officers arrive, the wife tells them that her husband physically pushed her, but she was not injured in any way and suffered no injuries. In this situation, the bodily injury allegations would most likely not be enforced because there are no traumatic or visible injuries. However, her husband will still be charged with domestic battery in violation of California Criminal Code Section 243 (e) (1) PC.

Unfortunately, the phenomenon of domestic violence is increasingly frequent, and is heavily prosecuted by prosecutors. For this reason, it is extremely important to contact a winning domestic violence attorney.

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