Domestic violence laws for example victims may help law enforcement build a criminal case against their abuser while at the same time filing a civil lawsuit for assault and battery federally the violence against women act vawa offers additional resources for victims of domestic violence. This act and the 1996 additions to the act recognize that domestic violence is a national crime and that federal laws can help an overburdened state and local criminal justice system in 1994 and 1996 congress also passed changes to the gun control act making it a federal crime in certain situations for domestic violence abusers to possess guns. You can find criminal domestic violence laws in the california penal code like penal code section 2735 penal code section 243e1 and others domestic violence restraining orders a domestic violence restraining order is a court order that helps protect people from abuse or threats of abuse from someone they have a close relationship with. Domestic violence in california is a criminal offense that can lead to a jail or prison term fines and other programs and penalties depending on the person and the actions taken that lead to criminal violence in the state
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