Domestic Violence

WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?

Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically.

Domestic Violence in San Diego County

In 2014, there were 16,897 domestic violence incidents reported to law enforcement in San Diego County, a two-percent increase from the prior year.
Source: SANDAG

There were as many as 16 domestic violence homicides in 2014, up from 9 the previous year. *Many of these cases are still under investigation
Source: San Diego County DV Fatality Review Team

In a sample study of 100 DV incidents reported to law enforcement, children were present in 37% of the cases.
Source: San Diego Sheriff’s Department

Findings from in-depth case reviews of DV fatalities revealed that 34% of the offenders had a history of methamphetamine use and 25% had been using prior to the homicide.
Source: San Diego County DV Fatality Review Team

 

California

While over 5,700 victims are served by local DV programs on a given day in California, over 1,200 service requests go unmet due to reduced funding for these programs.
Source: National Network to End Domestic Violence

 

United States

1 in 4 women (24 %) and 1 in 7 men (14%) aged 18 and older in the U.S. have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
Source: Center for Disease Control

Two-thirds (66%) of female victims of stalking were stalked by a current or former intimate partner.
Source: Center for Disease Control

 

If you are a Domestic Violence Victim please, do not ever lose hope and reach out for help. Attached are some important phone numbers and links that can provide you helpful information on how to get out and onto the road of becoming a Survivor.

IF YOU ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER CALL 9-1-1!!!

The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 24/7
http://www.thehotline.org/
1-800-799-7233
Deaf or Hearing Impaired 1-800-787-3224

Womans Resource Center: 24/7
(Serving San Diego)
(760)757-3500

National Coalition of Domestice Violence
(Saftey Exit Provided)
Saftey Exit Plan

Information on Saftey Plans:
Help Guide

Domestic Shelter Search:
California Domestic Violence Help

IF YOU ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER PLEASE CALL 9-1-1!!!!

Do the following to obtain a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO):

Call or come to the San Diego Family Justice Center, 1122 Broadway, San Diego, 619-533-6000.
In addition to help with a TRO, you will receive safety planning, risk assessment, assistance with emergency shelter if needed and additional services.
There is no cost to obtain a TRO or other assistance at the FJC.
The FJC also provides counseling for adults and juveniles.
Requests for TROs can also be filled out and requested at any County court branch except the Central branch and Hall of Justice in downtown San Diego. No fee is required and free legal assistance is available. The branch locations for this can be found in the San Diego Superior Court website (link is external). Click on Family and then Locations.
Keep a copy of the TRO with you at all times. Call 911 if a violation occurs.
Call 911 if the restrained party has not yet been served but harasses you. The police can serve the TRO on the spot or over the phone.
Go to the County Sheriff’s Department Restraining/Protective Order website (link is external) to see if the TRO has been served. You will have to enter the Case Number and the restrained person’s last name to access this online database.

IF YOU ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER PLEASE CALL 9-1-1!!!!