California Domestic Violence Laws Apply Equally To Men and Women – California Penal Code Section 273.5

By: Wallin & Klarich

When an individual (male or female) uses violence upon another, which is not in self-defense, it is considered a crime. In the arena of domestic disputes, domestic violence laws are intended to apply equally to men and women. Police officers and prosecutors are required to evaluate the facts and alleged offenses in each case, all while considering the intent of the law to protect victims of domestic violence from continued abuse.

It is important to acknowledge that women, as well as men, use violence. Over the past few years, there has been an increase in the number of females arrested for domestic violence in California. With the increase in numbers of females being arrested, it is inevitable that more females will be prosecuted for various kinds of domestic abuse. Violent women can certainly be identified as the primary physical aggressor, when force is used to control a partner, spouse, or cohabitant.

California Penal Code Section 273.5 is the primary law that governs domestic violence in the state of California. It is defined as the infliction of some corporal injury on a person with whom the defendant currently has, or previously had, a domestic relationship. Domestic violence can also be referred to as domestic abuse, spousal abuse or spousal battery. Corporal Injury is defined as a willful (deliberate) use of violent force. Examples include hitting, punching, kicking, slapping or pushing.

In order to make sure that your rights are accurately and aggressively defended after being charged with domestic violence in Southern California, you should contact the experienced Southern California criminal defense law firm of Wallin & Klarich. Our attorneys have been helping those accused of crimes for more than 30 years. Wallin & Klarich has the legal resources and knowledge to assist you in obtaining a successful outcome. Call Wallin & Klarich today at 888-280-6839 or visit for a case evaluation. We will be there when you call.

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