What is it?
Domestic violence is the pattern of coercive behavior designed to exert power and control over an individual. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner in the United States. On average 35 assaults have occurred before the police are called the first time.
What are the stats?
In 2016, the Domestic Violence Unit of the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office reviewed:
450 domestic violence felony cases
filed 142 new cases
cited 42 probation violations
2,614 domestic violence misdemeanor cases
filed 451 new cases
cited 91 probation violations
What is considered domestic violence?
To understand the different types of domestic violence, see the Power and Control Wheel below
Where can I get help?
Contact the Family Justice Center at 925-521-6366 or 510-974-7200.