What To Do If You Are a Victim of Domestic Violence in California
California law enforcement received a total of 166,890 calls related to domestic violence in 2018, and far more domestic violence cases go unreported every year. Experts estimate that about 20 Americans are victims of domestic violence every minute. Along with causing serious physical injury, domestic violence can lead to psychological trauma, emotional trauma, or even death.
Are You a Victim of Domestic Violence?
Some domestic violence victims may not realize their situation until it is too late. For this reason, it’s important to know the signs of domestic violence and know what to do if it happens to you. Remember that domestic violence is never the fault of the victim, and there are support systems in place to protect you. Here are some of the most common signs of domestic violence:
- Your intimate partner hits, punches, or pushes you.
- Your intimate partner tells you that you are worthless or constantly finds fault in your actions.
- Your intimate partner doesn’t allow you to have friends or see your family.
- Your intimate partner doesn’t allow you to leave the house.
- You are afraid of your intimate partner because of things he or she says.
- Your partner threatens to leave you or hurt you if you don’t do what he or she says.
Coronavirus and Domestic Violence
Lockdowns and social distancing have been set in place to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, but it is also isolating domestic violence victims in many countries from the resources they need to get help.
For example, the number of domestic violence cases in China tripled in February of this year, and activists blame this exponential rise on the lockdown. For this reason, it’s more important than ever to know the signs of domestic violence and have an action plan in place if it happens to you.
What to Do If You’re a Victim of Domestic Violence
If you are a victim of an emergency domestic violence situation in California, don’t hesitate to call 911. For non-emergent cases, reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline and turn to trusted family or friends for help. It’s also important to create an escape plan, making sure you have quick access to a set of keys, a bag of toiletries and clothes, and a driving route. You might also want to make a code word so your kids or friends know when you’re in trouble.
Contact Bradley Corbett Today
If you are facing a domestic violence trial in San Diego, get in touch with the Law Offices of Bradley Corbett. We will work tirelessly to get you the best possible outcome. Contact our expert criminal defense team today for your free case consultation.
Bradley Corbett is a criminal defense attorney in San Diego. He graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo Utah in 2004. Later he enrolled at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego where he participated in a prestigious internship program with the Los Angeles County Public Defender. Since then he has handled over 2,000 cases.