home get informed
 
INTERESTING FACTS
Venice Beach is the second largest tourist attraction in California, after Disneyland

The LAPD was established in 1869

The Los Angeles Police Academy was used for the 1932 Olympic Game's pistol and rifle competitions

The Los Angeles Police Academy remains a favorite of filmmakers, whose "Academy Arches" are recognizable around the world
 
 
I WANT TO KNOW
 
DNA MONTHLY ARCHIVES
 
HOME
 
CRIME MAPPING
 
EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION
 
E-POLICING
 
JOIN THE TEAM
 
LAPD BLOG
 
LAPD EQUIPMENT
 
LAPD SPORTS
 
LAPD TV
 
NEWSROOM
 
OUR COMMUNITIES
 
POLICE COMMISSION
 
REPORT A CRIME
 
SOLVE A CRIME
 
SPECIAL ASSISTANT FOR CONSTITUTIONAL POLICING
 
SUPPORT LAPD
 
TRAFFIC
 
INSIDE THE LAPD

 
 
 
GET INFORMED
 
Alarm School
 
Contact Us
 
Crime Mapping and COMPSTAT
 
Crime Prevention
 
Domestic Violence
 
FAQs
 
For Your Family
 
Gang Injunctions
 
I Want to Know
 
LAPD General Fund Contracts
 
LAPD Adult Missing Persons Unit
 
Most Wanted
 
Read the Beat Magazine
 
Social Media
 
Sworn and Civilian Report
 
Trademark
 
Year in Review
 
Youth Programs

translation logo: globe with lapd badge
 

Disclaimer:
The LAPDonline.org® website has made reasonable efforts to provide an accurate translation. However, no automated or computerized translation is perfect and is not intended to replace human or traditional translation methods. The official text is the English version of the LAPDonline.org® website. If any questions arise concerning the accuracy of the information presented by the translated version of the website, please refer to the English edition of the website, which is the official version.

 
Crime Prevention Tip of the Month - July
 
 
PURPOSE

The purpose of this circular is to standardize domestic violence awareness information presented during community crime prevention meetings. The circular is designed to assist Department personnel conducting community crime prevention meetings to impart basic Domestic Violence Awareness information to members of the community.

INTRODUCTION

Many domestic violence victims decline to report the incidents because they fear the abuser, and also lack knowledge of community resources available to help them survive. Domestic violence victims are so impacted by violence they feel their situation is hopeless and beyond escape.

PRESENTATION

California Penal Code section 13700 (a) reads as follows:

"Abuse" means intentionally or recklessly causing or attempting to cause bodily injury, or placing another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent serious bodily injury to himself or herself, or another.

California Penal Code section 13700 (b) reads as follows:

"Domestic violence" means "abuse" committed against an adult or fully emancipated minor who is a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, former cohabitant, or person with whom the suspect has had a child or is having or has had a dating or engagement relationship.

VIOLENCE

Violence includes, but is not limited to the following circumstances:

  • Physical - hitting or burning;
  • Sexual - rape or incest;
  • Emotional - threatening, insulting or harassing; and
  • Neglect - poor physical or emotional care.

FACTS ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

There are many people in our society who still believe in the myth that only a man is capable of being abusive and that only a woman can suffer abuse. The truth is anyone can be a victim of domestic violence. Abusers can be of any gender and abuse happens in all walks of life. Many victims and abusers grew up in abusive homes. Characteristics of the classic abuser and victim may include the following:

ABUSER

  • Blames others for their behavior;
  • Demonstrates very jealous behaviors;
  • Low self-esteem;
  • Will often have legal problems, fines or prior jail convictions for domestic violence crimes; and
  • Abusers make excuses, such as "blaming" the abuse on other people or situations.

Examples of "blaming" statements are as follows:

  • "I had a rough day at work and it's your fault."
  • "The boss gave me a demotion because of you."

VICTIM

  • May have suffered serious physical injury in the past from abuse;
  • May experience depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, helplessness and a sense of worthlessness;
  • May blame himself/herself for the violence; and
  • May believe no one can help them get out of the violent relationship.

UNREPORTED INCIDENTS

Incidents of domestic violence often go unreported by victims for the following reasons:

  • Victims do not realize they are in a dangerous and/or violent situation;
  • Victims do not recognize the domestic violence signals;
  • Victims feel ashamed, hopeless or they are in denial;
  • Victims sense they have no alternatives;
  • Victims sense no one can protect them; and
  • Victims do not know of services available to them or how they can obtain these services.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION TIPS

  • Watch for personality changes such as more aggressive, violent, moody or accusing behavior;
  • Develop a plan of action and instruct your children about the plan;
  • Locate a safe house such as the home of a trusted friend, trusted neighbor or family member;
  • Locate a safe shelter that is suitable to your needs and accepts children if necessary; and
  • Seek counseling assistance.

EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE ORDER (EPO)

Police officers at the scene can obtain an Emergency Protective Order (EPO) for your safety.

  • The EPO can be served by any police officer, anytime of the day or evening;
  • A police officer may use his/her judgement and obtain an EPO even if the victim is reluctant;
  • The EPO is valid for five days; and
  • The EPO is free of charge.

TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER (TRO), RESTRAINING ORDER (RO), DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESTRAINING ORDER (DVRO)

  • Victim must go to Superior Court;
  • The order is valid for three weeks;
  • A police officer can serve the order;
  • When an order has expired, it is the responsibility of the victim to reinstate the order by going back to court; and
  • All orders are free of charge.

CONCLUSION

Take a stand. Reach out to someone in the community if you believe they are a victim of domestic violence, and are being abused. Do not give up easily, change takes time. Part of the abuser’s power comes from secrecy. Victims are often ashamed to let anyone know about their violent partner. Ending the isolation is a critical first step. Victims of domestic violence rarely complain. They will not tell friends, relatives, neighbors or the Police Department. Victims of domestic violence come from all walks of life, all cultures, all incomes, all ages, and religious backgrounds. They share similar feelings of guilt, helplessness, isolation, fear and shame. They hope in vain it won't happen to them again, but hope does not stop the violence.

Help if you can.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIM RESOURCES

Domestic Violence Safety Plan Hotline (800) 978-3600
1736 Family Crisis Center, South Bay (310) 379-3620
Domestic Violence, Santa Clarita (Spanish) (661) 259-8175
Center for Pacific Asian Families, LA Hotline (323) 653-4042 (24-hr.)
(800) 339-3940
Family Violence Project/Jewish Family Service (818) 505-0900
Good Shepherd Shelter, LA (323) 737-6111
Haven Hills, San Fernando Valley (818) 887-6589
Jenesse Center, South Central LA (323) 731-6500
Rainbow Services, San Pedro (Spanish) Hotline (310) 547-9343
(24-hr.)

Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office Family Violence Division (Spanish)

(213) 974-3785
Free Spirit Crisis Line Hotline (323) 937-1312
(24-hr.)
East Los Angeles Bilingual Hotlines (323) 268-7564
(800) 548-2722
Los Angeles Commission On Assaults Against Women Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Hotlines: (213) 626-3393
(24-hr.) Central LA
(310) 392-8381
(24-hr.) West LA
(626) 793-3385
(24-hr.) Pasadena/West San Gabriel Valley
TDD
(213) 955-9095
(M-F 9 to 5)
Stalking (877) 633-0044
(24-hr)
Sojourn-Santa Monica- Bilingual Hotline (310) 264–6644
(24-hr)

MEDICAL

LAC-USC Medical Center Violence Intervention Program, LA (323) 226-3961
Olive View Medical Center, Sylmar (818) 364-4236
Harbor Free Clinic, San Pedro (310) 547-0202
Hollywood/Sunset Free Clinic, Hollywood (323) 660-2400
Los Angeles Free Clinic, Central LA (323) 653-8622
Ext. 112
T.H.E. Clinic for Women, Southwest LA (323) 295-6571
Women’s & Childrens Hospital, LA (323) 226-3061

MENTAL HEALTH

Fuller Counseling & Family Services (626) 584-5550

SHELTER

Covenant House California, Hollywood (323) 461-3131
Info Line, LA (800) 339-6993
YWCA WINGS (Spanish/English) Hotline (626) 967-0658
(24-hr.)
Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center (323) 993-7640

LEGAL

Barrister's Domestic Violence Counseling Project (213) 624-3665
Los Angeles Free Clinic, Legal Dept, Central LA (323) 653-1990
Legal Protection for Women (Spanish) (323) 721-9882

Women's Equal Rights, Legal Defense & Education Fund

(323) 653-8087

RAPE HOTLINES

Center for Pacific Asian Families Hotline (800) 339-3940
(24-hr.)
(323) 653-4042
(24-hr.)
Center for Individual & Family Counseling
North Hollywood
(818) 761-2227

COUNSELING AND OUTREACH

Friends of the Family (818) 988-4430
Family Violence Project Hotline (818) 505-0900
(24-hr.)
Kedren Mental Health Center, LA (323) 233-0425
Southern California Counseling Center, LA Hotline (323) 937-1344
(24-hr.)

 
contact us  /  terms & conditions  /  los angeles police foundation
 
+ Powered By Radar Blue | © 2014 City of Los Angeles
 
Los Angeles Police Foundation Los Angeles Police Foundation