In recent months domestic violence has often come to dominate the cable news cycle. Almost daily, reports of new incidents appear. Most high profile incidents have involved men and their spouses or girl friends, but children have been subject to violence as well. A recent case in which an NFL player knocked out his then girlfriend on a Las Vegas elevator caused a national debate on just how this violence should be dealt with. California law, however, very clearly spells out the manner and penalties that those convicted of domestic violence charges can expect.
There are numerous California laws that define and deal with various aspects associated with domestic violence.