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Domestic violence: Physical, emotional or financial abuse

It happens on a daily basis across California and the country in general. One never knows what actually happens behind the closed door of another's home; however, behind many of these doors, domestic violence is an issue. In fact, the month of October has been named as "Domestic Violence Awareness Month" in at least one California county.

Domestic violence appears in many different formats. Many believe that it is strictly physical abuse. However, it can also take the form of emotional or financial abuse. Keeping one from being able to see others outside of the home could be considered abuse. Additionally, withholding family funds in order to control the other person could be considered abuse.

The state of California considers domestic violence to be a crime. Depending on the circumstances, it can be a misdemeanor or a felony. As such, anyone convicted of this crime must participate in a batterer's program over a 52-week time period. There are a number of these programs across the state. Additionally, they are taught in different languages and address the different cultures within the state.

Domestic violence does not discriminate based on age, income or race. Additionally, women are not its only victims. The threat of domestic violence is present in almost every neighborhood and community; it is simply better hidden in some areas.

Domestic violence victims are often hesitant to seek help. However, this is often the only way in which they will find relief and be able to move on with their lives. Various legal options are available depending upon individual situations and circumstances.

Source: lasentinel.net, "October Domestic Violence Awareness Month", Khalid Shah, Oct. 13, 2016

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