Domestic violence is a public health and safety issue that can be intertwined with other issues:
- Substance abuse
- Human rights
- Gender equality
- Child development
This behavior involves physical (sexual), emotional and verbal abuse by one partner against another in an intimate relationship such as marriage, cohabitation, dating, or within a family.
It can range from subtle forms such as controlling behavior to violent physical abuse that can result in disfigurement or death.
Research shows that children
, who live with domestic violence , develop PTSD, depression, anxiety, violence, and cognitive problems.
They are more likely to attempt suicide, run away from home, engage in teenage prostitution, and commit sexual assault crimes. They are also at a greater risk of having serious adult health problems (tobacco use, substance abuse, obesity, cancer, heart disease, a higher risk for unintended pregnancy).
The agencies below offer the following domestic violence services:
- a 24-hour hotline
- walk-in crisis counseling
- social service and systems advocacy
- legal advocacy
- housing solutions
- support groups
Support Network for Battered Women
1257 Tasman Drive Suite C; Sunnyvale, CA; 800-572-2782
Next Door, Solutions to Domestic Violence
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Women’s Crisis Support
1537 Pacific Avenue; Santa Cruz, CA; 24-hour crisis line, legal and shelter services; 831-425-4030, 831-685-3737
Victims of Crime Resource Center
3200 Fifth Avenue; McGeorge School of Law; Sacramento, CA; Tips for stalking victims; 800-842-8467