A victim of domestic violence, whether or not a party to the action, has a privilege to refuse to disclose, and to prevent another from disclosing, a confidential communications between the victim and a domestic violence counselor in any proceeding specified in Section 901 if the privilege is claimed by holder of privilege, person authorized by holder, or domestic violence counselor.
In making a determination of the best interest of the child the court shall consider the health, safety, and welfare of the child and any history of abuse by one parent or any other person seeking custody against any child. Under any allegations of abuse, the court may require written reports by law enforcement agencies, child protective services, courts, medical facilities, or other public agencies providing services to victims of sexual assault or domestic violence.
A report assessing child custody and visitation rights shall include (1) a summary of a written report from any therapist treating the child for suspected child sexual abuse, reports from other professionals, and the results of any forensic medical examination and any other medical examination or treatment that could help establish or disprove whether the child has been the victim of sexual abuse, (2) any information regarding the presence of domestic violence or substance abuse in the family that has been obtained from medical personnel or records, prior or currently treating therapists, or f
An application for a domestic violence victim compensation claim may not be denied solely because no police report was made by the victim. Factors evidencing that a domestic violence crime has occurred may include medical records documenting injuries and mental health records.