Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking & Work: Survivors with a Criminal Record

Domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking survivors sometimes find themselves being arrested along with the abuser or perpetrator, convicted of a crime stemming from the abuser’s attack, or subject to a protective order against them..  While SB 591 (Solis), which passed in 1995 and amended Family Code §§ 2047, 6305 & 7720 and Penal Code § 13701, discourages law enforcement from making dual arrests in response to a domestic violence call, it does not prohibit dual arrests.  As a result, domestic violence survivors, as well as sexual assault and stalking survivors, could be arrested, face prosecution, or be the subject of a protective order.  This fact sheet provides information on how the survivor should treat a criminal record.

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