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Yes, you can file an action for damages. The basis for the claims can include Batter as well as Negligence. Under California Law, the courts have imposed what amounts to a strict liability standard. This means your husband can not defend himself on the claim that he did not know.
One of the primary cases in California is John B. v. Superior Court, 38 Cal. 4th 1177 (2006).
California courts have awarded millions of dollars in these cases. And it makes no dofference that he is your husband.
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