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Updated California Laws Protect Victims of Domestic Violence

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San Jose domestic abuse defense attorney, sexual violence, abusive partner, California laws, domestic violence victimsMore than 10 million people, including both women and men, are victims of domestic violence every year in the United States. In California, 33 percent of women and 27 percent of men will experience physical violence, sexual violence, or stalking from an intimate partner during their lifetimes.

These victims often struggle to put their lives back together after escaping from an abusive situation, and the state has been working to put measures in place to provide them with confidentiality and financial security. 

Protecting Victims’ Confidentiality

When someone leaves an abusive partner, they often fear for their safety and worry that their abuser will be able to track them down. California’s Safe at Home program helps victims maintain confidentiality by providing them with a free mailing address and mail forwarding. This will ensure that an abuser will not be able to locate a victim through public records.

The Safe at Home program is available to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, as well as employees, patients, and volunteers of reproductive health care facilities. Starting January 1, 2018, it will also protect victims of human trafficking and their family members. 

Providing Financial Resources

One of the primary reasons people stay in an abusive relationship is because they do not believe they will be able to financially provide for themselves and their children if they leave their partner. The California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program seeks to help these victims by providing them with financial assistance and other benefits. 

California law was recently updated to increase the amount of economic assistance to victims fleeing an abusive situation, and it provides them with temporary housing while they are applying for long-term aid. With this change, which goes into effect on July 1, 2018, the state hopes to prevent homelessness for victims of domestic violence and encourage them to seek out the support they need.

Contact a San Jose Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer

Accusations of domestic violence should be taken seriously, and victims should receive the support they need to protect their safety. However, people are sometimes falsely accused of domestic abuse, and when this happens, it is incredibly important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. At the Law Offices of Erik Steven Johnson, we will work to protect your rights and provide you with the defense you need to reach a positive outcome in your case. Contact a San Jose domestic abuse defense attorney today at 408-246-3004 to schedule a free consultation.

Sources:

http://www.sos.ca.gov/registries/safe-home/

http://sd20.senate.ca.gov/news/2017-10-09-leyva-bill-protecting-victims-human-trafficking-signed-governor

http://www.ocregister.com/2017/12/06/new-law-gives-domestic-violence-victims-a-better-choice/

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