It seems like the epitome of cruel irony. You’ve been a victim of domestic violence by your partner for a while—perhaps even for years. Perhaps you’ve even reported it from time to time, but the problem persists. Finally…you’ve had enough. In a moment of stress, you “snap” and fight back against your abuser—only to find that now, thanks to California’s strict domestic violence laws, you’re the one who is placed under arrest!
How did this happen? How did the victim suddenly become the accused? More importantly, what happens now? Will you now go to jail while your abuser goes free? This is no doubt a complex situation, so let’s unpack it and see what we can learn.