A former child star is facing charges in connection with an altercation with his girlfriend. Jason James Richter is best known for his role in the film, “Free Willy.” The California resident was recently arrested on domestic violence charges stemming from an alleged argument with his girlfriend in their Los Angeles home. Richter was freed on $20,000 bail after spending a couple nights behind bars.

Apparently Richter’s girlfriend filed a domestic violence complaint at the police station after the argument. Richter, now 38 years old, also starred in “Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home” and “Free Willy 3: The Rescue.” Recently, he has landed roles on several television series, including “Bones,” “Criminal Minds” and “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.”   

No one should be the victim of domestic violence. Every person has the right to live in a safe environment, no matter what the circumstances. Individuals who are at the mercy of a violent partner have the right to seek assistance from various sources to find out how they can best protect themselves from further abuse. Contacting a domestic violence center might be a wise step toward seeking support.

California residents who are in abusive relationships where violence is involved would do well to seek the advice of a compassionate lawyer who has experience representing clients involving domestic violence accusations. Being involved in such a relationship can be extremely frightening. There is no room for abuse — either physical, verbal or mental — in any partnership and those who find themselves in these dire situations have many options available to them legally to help them to positively move forward without fear.