Domestic violence falls within the area of ??criminal law. Generally, this means violence between people living together in a household. Domestic violence between couples is most common – especially before, during or after a separation . But even children can be directly or indirectly victims of domestic violence. However, domestic violence can also take place between siblings or older people, for example if a caregiver uses domestic violence against the patient due to excessive demands. Domestic violence can be perceived as physical, sexual or mental violence, with a close social relationship, a close family relationship and a bond between perpetrator and victim. Typically, a power relationship is exploited by the offender as a stronger person. In the case of domestic violence, in particular the following criminal offenses in the sense of the Criminal Code can be fulfilled: coercion false imprisonment Mayhem stalking sexual abuse rape Manslaughter or murder The first case of domestic violence is usually the beginning of a veritable spiral of violence – if those affected or persons who know about cases of domestic violence do not seek help early. Therefore, it is advisable to file a complaint with the police if you are affected by or aware of domestic violence. The Law Office of David A. Martin & Associates are a family law firm located in Sacramento.