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Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
Gun Relinquishment in Contra Costa County

Guns Make Domestic Violence Deadly

Some domestic violence (DV) situations greatly increase the risk to a victim.  In the United States, 53% of female homicides  are DV-related. Women murdered by an intimate partner are more likely to be killed with a firearm than by all other means combined.

“High Danger” DV situations risk factors include:

Domestic Violence Deaths are Preventable

Connecting with a DV advocate can sometimes be the difference between life and death. Proven prevention and intervention strategies include: having first responders trained in DV lethality risk assessments, participating in safety planning, crisis intervention, and connecting to services like  physical and mental health care, emergency shelter, legal help, and other community resources.2

Contra Costa County Takes Action:

Between 2010 and 2023, there were 122 domestic violence-related homicides or suicides in Contra Costa County. Of these, gunshot wounds were the most frequent cause of death (59%).   For more information on domestic violence in Contra Costa, visit this page

Intimate partner and family violence affect our whole community, and Contra Costa is creating a countywide response. Contra Costa County  brings together staff from the District Attorney’s Office, Employment and Human Services Department, Legal Aid, Public Defender’s Office, Probation Department, health providers, and domestic violence, child abuse and human trafficking organizations to create plans to help victims of DV. These collaborative efforts include a Domestic Violence Multidisciplinary Team to review high risk cases, a Domestic Violence Death Review Team, and a Strangulation Task Force. Teams meet on an ongoing basis to collaborate on high-risk cases and develop preventive strategies. 

Need more help?

In Contra Costa County, prevention and intervention help is available. Click in the boxes below to find out more information:

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Contact a Navigator at the Contra Costa Family Justice Center
Richmond: 510-974-7200
Concord: 925-521-6366
Antioch: 925-281-0970
Fairfield 707-784-7635
Free consultations with Lawyers for Family Justice are available.

Bay Area Legal Aid provides legal advice to DV survivors and holds weekly Restraining Order clinics.
Advice line: 1-800-551-5544.

To make a clinic appointment call STAND! or Family Justice Center.

Connect with a Domestic Violence Advocate at STAND! for Families Free of Violence
24-Hour Crisis Line

For a directory of Domestic Violence Organizations in California, click here

Find more information and resources for DV survivors and service providers at

1 11 Glass, et al (2008). Non-fatal strangulation is an important risk factor for homicide of women. The Journal of Emergency Medicine, 35(3), 329-335.
2 EFSGV, (2018). Female Homicide in the United States, A Translation of CDC Research.
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