How to Spot Domestic Violence
If the person you love…
- Tracks all of your time
- Constantly accuses you of being unfaithful
- Discourages or sabotages your relationships with family and friends
- Prevents you from working or attending school
- Criticizes you for little things
- Angers easily when drinking or using other drugs
- Controls all finances and forces you to account in detail for what you spend
- Humiliates you in front of others
- Destroys personal property or sentimental items
- Hits, punches, slaps, kicks, or bites you or the children
- Uses or threatens to use a weapon against you
- Threatens to hurt you or the children
- Forces you to have sex against your will
It’s time to get help!
Penal Code Section 273.5(a) states that any person who willfully inflicts upon a person who is his or her spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, former cohabitant, or the mother or father of his or her child, corporal injury resulting in a traumatic condition, is guilty of a felony, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for two, three, or four years, or in a county jail for not more than one year, or by a fine of up to six thousand dollars ($6,000) or by both that fine and imprisonment.
Penal Code Section 13700(b)
"Domestic Violence" means abuse committed against an adult or a 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. For purposes of this subdivision, "cohabitant" means two unrelated adult persons living together for a substantial period of time, resulting in some permanency of relationship. Factors that may determine whether persons are cohabiting include, but are not limited to, (1) sexual relations between the parties while sharing the same living quarters, (2) sharing of income or expenses, (3) joint use or ownership of property, (4) whether the parties hold themselves out as husband and wife, (5) the continuity of the relationship, and (6) the length of the relationship.
Per Penal Code Section 13711, whenever a protection order with respect to domestic violence incidents, including orders issued pursuant to Section 136.2 and restraining orders, is applied for or issued, it shall be the responsibility of the clerk of the superior court to distribute a pamphlet to the person who is to be protected by the order that includes the following:
a) Information as specified in subdivision (i) of Section 13701.
b) Notice that it is the responsibility of the victim to request notification of an inmate's release.
c) Notice that the terms and conditions of the protection order remain enforceable, notwithstanding any acts of the parties, and may be changed only by order of the court.
d) Notice that the protection order is enforceable in any state, in a commonwealth, territory, or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, or on a reservation, and general information about agencies in other jurisdictions that may be contacted regarding enforcement of a protective order issued by a court of this state.
If you are the victim of domestic violence, don’t ignore the problem!
- If you are hurt call the police immediately
- Talk to a trusted friend or neighbor or call a domestic violence hotline
- Plan ahead and have a course of action if you are attacked again
- Choose a safe place to go and set aside money and important papers
- Go to a women's shelter or have someone stay with you
- Get medical attention from your doctor or hospital emergency room
- Contact your family court for information about protective orders
For more information and assistance use the following contact information:
House of Ruth
24-Hour Hotline: 1 (877) 988-5559
Pomona Hotline: (909) 623-4364
Ontario Hotline: 1 (877) 988-5559
Claremont: (909) 988-5559
Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-SAFE (7233)
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence: (800) 537-2238
Project Sister Family Services: (909) 623-1619