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Signs of Domestic Abuse

Law Office of Emily E. Rubenstein - Los Angeles Domestic Violence Attorney

Domestic Violence: Not Limited to Physical Injury or Assault

California law has long recognized that "domestic violence" is not limited to physical injury or assault. California's Domestic Violence Prevention act is broad. Litigants can obtain domestic violence restraining orders based on non-physical conduct, including threats, harassment, stalking, surveillance, coercive control, or disturbing the peace of the other party.

Domestic violence or abuse often starts off with seemingly harmless actions which escalate to extreme power and control.


Remember: domestic abuse is about controlling someone's mind and emotions, so it's not always easy to recognize. 

Consider the following signs. Does your partner do any of the following:

  • Exhibit extreme jealousy?

  • Insist on monitoring your phone or other devices?

  • Tell you what to wear and how you should look?

  • Belittle or demean your parenting?

  • Threaten to take your children away?

  • Withhold your car keys or wallet from you?

  • Withhold funds or access to joint accounts?

  • Make you explain every dollar you spend?

  • Humiliate or demean you in public or in private?

  • Lock you out of the house?

  • Show up at your home unannounced?

  • Bully or threaten you?

  • Blame you for anything bad that happens?

  • Isolate you from friends or family?

  • Break or throw household objects when angry?

  • Make false reports to Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS)?

  • Threaten or maintain ongoing frivolous litigation?

  • Punch, push, kick, bite, or pull your hair?

  • Threaten self harm if you leave or try to leave?

  • Sabotage birth control methods?

  • Force you to have sex?

Do you find that you:

  • Make excuses for your partner's behavior?

  • Feel like you are "walking on eggshells" trying to please your partner?

  • Skip work, school, or social events?

  • Constantly have to prove things to your partner, like where you have been and who you are socializing with?

  • Feel scared?

  • Feel like you are being watched?

  • Withhold the truth about your partner from friends and family?

  • Cover up injuries with make up or clothing?

No matter the reason, no one deserves domestic abuse. Fear, control, and violence have no place in a healthy relationship.

If you feel like you’re being abused, consider reaching out to law enforcement, a counselor, or an attorney to get help.

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Escaping from domestic abuse is one of the most traumatic things a person can endure. The right support team is critical. 
With both fierce advocacy and a calming spirit, we guide clients through some of the most difficult and sensitive times in their lives.  We do this with first-class litigation and negotiation skills along with emotional intelligence that many other attorneys lack.

When we go to court to request a domestic violence restraining order, we know what's at stake. We unleash a proactive strategy and prepare to win.

Our goal is to protect you, your family, and your personal finances with sensitivity and compassion.

During our initial consultation, we'll ask a series of questions and listen to your unique story to evaluate your case and begin creating a custom strategy to suit your individual needs.  

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The Law Office of Emily E. Rubenstein has extensive experience litigating and settling domestic violence matters: 

  • Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

  • Domestic Violence and Divorce

  • Domestic Violence and Child Custody

  • Temporary Restraining Orders

  • Emotional Abuse

  • Coercion and Control

  • LGBT/Same-Sex Abuse

  • Supervised Visitation

  • Move-Out Orders

  • Alcohol and Drug Testing

  • False Allegations of Abuse

The Law Office of Emily E. Rubenstein practices family law exclusively:


  • Contested Divorce

  • Uncontested Divorce

  • Domestic Violence

  • Spousal Support

  • Marital property, characterization, valuation, and division 

  • Child custody, visitation, child support

  • High-Conflict Child Custody

  • Father's Rights

  • Modification of Custody Orders

  • Modification of Support Orders

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As family law attorneys, we provide representation in domestic violence matters, divorces, child custody matters, and more. 

A confidential consultation appointment can be made by calling (310)750-0827 or using the form on this page. 

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