Domestic Violence

 
Violent crimes as classified as Domestic Violence cases when the victims of the crime are spouses, boyfriend/girlfriend, people in dating relationships or cohabitants (Penal Code §243(e)(1)/273.5). The primary requirement is that the defendant and victim are in some type of romantic relationship. The prosecution has a wide range of charging discretion when determining whether to file a case as a misdemeanor or a felony.