Here at The Hotline, we use the Power & Control Wheel* to describe most accurately what occurs in an abusive relationship.While the inside of the wheel is comprised of subtle, continual behaviors, the outer ring represents physical, visible violence.When someone is being abused or harassed, he or she needs to decide on the best way to get legal protection from the abuse or harassment.
Domestic violence includes behaviors that physically harm, arouse fear, prevent a partner from doing what they wish or force them to behave in ways they do not want.
Read about the law starting with Family Code section 6200.
Abuse of an elder or a dependent adult is abuse of: Read about the law in Welfare and Institutions Code section 15610.07.
Domestic violence doesn’t look the same in every relationship because every relationship is different.
But one thing most abusive relationships have in common is that the abusive partner does many different kinds of things to have more power and control over their partner.
So, for example, if the abuse is from an uncle or aunt, a niece or nephew, or a cousin, it is considered civil harassment and NOT domestic violence.