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Welcome to our Domestic Violence Resources page, here you’ll find answers to common questions, resources for San Diego County residents and facts about domestic violence and restraining orders.

Quick Facts:

Abuse does not have to be physical violence!  It can be as simple as disturbing your peace, as long as you have a reasonable fear due to the behavior exhibited.

California Family Code Section 6320 defines abuse as any of the following:

1) Intentionally or recklessly cause or attempt to cause bodily injury
2) Sexual assault
3) Placing a person in reasonable apprehension of imminent serious bodily injury to that person or to another
4) Engaging in any behavior that has or could be stopped such stalking, harassing, impersonating, or threatening

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence defines domestic violence as violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner. This can include:

  • Threatened or actual physical violence
  • Threatened or actual sexual violence
  • Emotional & psychological abuse (e.g., name calling, threats to “out” a person’s sexual orientation to family, put-downs, etc.)
  • Stalking (e.g., excessive phone calling/texting/emailing, monitoring daily activities or using technology to track a person’s location)
  • Financial abuse (e.g., withholding owed money, ruining credit, stopping a partner from getting or keeping a job)

San Diego Specific Resources:

The city of San Diego does not take domestic violence cases lightly.

Whether you’re a victim or have a restraining order issued against you, it is essential to understand what the courts look for in a domestic violence case in San Diego. The experienced attorneys at Minella Law Group can help you whether you are defending a restraining order or seeking one.  The effects of a domestic violence restraining order can severely impact custody or support proceedings if a finding is made by the court.  Our Certified Family Law Specialist and legal team can carefully guide you through the process with ease.

YWCA of San Diego County

Women’s Resource Center of Oceanside

Center for Community Solutions

San Diego Rescue Mission

City of San Diego Police Dept.


Domestic Violence related homicides are up 12% in 2015.  San Diego has made significant changes to the laws to ensure that victims get processed more efficiently and provided more ways to separate parties for a cooling off period.

  • 85% of all domestic violence victims are women
    • 1 in 4 women worldwide  will be victims in their lifetime
    • Domestic violence is leading cause of injury to women – more than car accidents, muggings, rape etc.
    • Women with disabilities are 40% more likely to experience domestic violence  
  • Estimated 2,000 people are day are affected by domestic violence in San Diego
  • Most domestic violence occurs between 6pm and 6am
  • 1 in 7 men will experience physical violence in their lifetimes
    • Approximately one-third of the men counseled for battering at Emerge (a nationally recognized batterers treatment program) are professional men that have included doctors, psychologists, lawyers, ministers, and business executives.
    • Men exposed to domestic violence as children are 3 to 4 times more likely to commit the act themselves
  • $948 is the average cost of an emergency room visit related to domestic violence injuries for women, men average $387
  • Each year an average of 10 Million children will be exposed to domestic violence

Domestic Violence by the Numbers


If you or a loved one is in need of help, call for your free consultation.

It is important to have legal representation by qualified San Diego family law attorneys like Minella Law Group. We’re here to carefully guide you through your options and protect you from harm or help you if your rights have been violated. We have many years of experience in domestic violence & obtaining restraining orders for every type of protection needed.

For more information or to schedule an appointment call us at (619) 289-7948. We look forward to helping you.