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Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence

California’s Domestic Violence Advisory Council defines domestic violence as a spectrum and often a pattern of behaviors that includes physical, sexual, verbal, emotional, and psychological abuse and/or economic control used by adults or adolescents against their current or former intimate partners in an attempt to exercise power and authority, which has a destructive, harmful effect on individuals, the family and the community.

Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence, is a major public health problem in California that affects all age and socio-economic groups. Data from the State’s Department of Justice shows that in 2010, local law enforcement received 166,361 domestic violence calls for assistance. The 2008 California Women's Health Survey reports that about 6% of women (641,000) in California experienced at least one incident of psychological or physical DV during the last 12 months before responding to the survey.

For additional information, see the links below, or contact SACB at sacb@cdph.ca.gov





  • The Safe and Active Communities Branch, sponsor of this directory, does not provide direct services for victims or perpetrators of violence. If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
  • If you are being abused, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) or visit www.ndvh.org
  • If you are a teen being abused call the National Teen Dating Helpline at 1-866-331-9474 or visit www.loveisrespect.org
  • If you have been raped or experienced sexual violence, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 or visit www.rainn.org
  • Please try to use a safe computer that someone abusive does not have direct access to, or even remote (hacking) access to, such as a computer in a public library, at a trusted friend's house, or at an Internet Cafe.  Also, traditional "corded" phones are more private than cellular phones or cordless phones.


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