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:
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
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.
In Contra Costa County, prevention and intervention help is available. Click in the boxes below to find out more information:
Contact a Navigator at the Contra Costa Family Justice Center Richmond: 510-974-7200 Concord: 925-521-6366 Antioch: 925-281-0970
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 Violence888-215-555524-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 endinggv.org