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Domestic Violence Resources in Orange County

Domestic violence is a very serious issue that affects people of all ages, races, socioeconomic status and education levels. And, abusers are not necessarily always men. Typically, abusers resort to domestic violence to gain or maintain power or control over their loved one. Domestic abuse is not limited solely to physical abuse; it may include emotional abuse, verbal threats, and even harming a family pet in the presence of children. If children are involved, it is critical that you immediately seek to obtain a restraining order against your abuser. Failure to do so could result in California Child Protective Services (CPS) removing your children from the home altogether.

Here are some important and eye-opening domestic violence statistics from The California Partnership to End Domestic Violence:

  • According to the California Women's Health Survey (CWHS)1, approximately 40% of California women experience physical intimate partner violence in their lifetimes (male lifetime prevalence rates are not available).
  • This same study found younger women, 18-24 years of age, were significantly more likely (11%) to be victims of physical intimate partner violence in the past year than women in other age groups.
  • The CWHS1 also revealed statistically significant higher rates of intimate partner violence among women who had been pregnant in the last five years (12%).
  • Of those experiencing physical intimate partner violence, 75% of victims had children under the age of 18 years at home.
  • According to the California Department of Justice, Criminal Justice Statistics Center, there were 113 domestic violence fatalities in 2008 (the most recent year for which data is available).
    • These accounted for 5% of all homicides in the State.
    • Of the 113 domestic violence homicides in 2008, 99 of the victims were females (88%), and 14were males (12%).

Often, many people who are victims of domestic violence say that don't know where to turn or who to trust. With that in mind, we've dedicated this week's blog to the many domestic violence resources that are available right here in Orange County, California. We have listed out the main services that each resource provides, so you can easily identify the resource that may best fit your immediate needs:

Laura's House (South OC) Toll Free 24 Hr Hotline 866.498.151

  • 30 bed shelter for battered women and their children
  • Transitional program
  • Children's program
  • Counseling and resource center
  • Legal services

Human Options (South/Central OC) Toll Free 24 Hr Hotline 877.854.3594

  • Emergency shelter
  • Center for Children and Families
  • Transitional housing

Interval House (West/Central OC) 24 Hr Hotline 714.891.8121 and 562.594.4555

  • Emergency shelter
  • Teen hotline
  • Transitional and permanent housing
  • Legal services
  • Counseling
  • Emergency response team
  • Substance abuse recovery
  • Multilingual language services in 70 different languages

Women's Transitional Living Center (Central/North OC) 24 Hr Hotline 714.992.1931

  • Emergency shelter
  • Transitional housing program
  • Immigration services
  • Legal advocacy
  • Residential children's program

Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County

Toll Free 24 Hr Hotline 866.929.7122

  • Crisis Counseling
  • Emergency shelter placement
  • Safety planning
  • Support groups with free childcare
  • 911 cell phones
  • Civil and criminal court accompaniment and advocacy

The cycle of domestic violence can be broken, and if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, we encourage you to take the next step and contact one of these resources, or call or office at 714.969.9910 and we can guide you to the correct resources. Or, you can go to our Domestic Violence webpage for more information about how we can help you.

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