Domestic violence directly harms over 10 million people in the U.S. every year. That amounts to 20 people getting abused by their partner every minute of the day. In 2020, over 160,000 calls were made to domestic violence hotlines in California alone.
About 41% of women and 26% of men have experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime.
Unfortunately, these acts of violence also affect millions of children, who, as a result of violence in their homes, may experience long-lasting negative effects on almost every aspect of their lives. These effects can manifest as mental health issues, decreased academic performance, and lack of social growth.
I was proud to co-author SCR 118 (Ochoa-Bogh) to proclaim October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month to help raise awareness about these often silent crimes, hold abusers accountable, and support the survivors.
This past legislative session, I was also honored to co-author and support several laws that will help our state strengthen its response to domestic violence.
- AB 547: Requires the county probation department to notify a victim of stalking, domestic violence, or abuse of the perpetrator's "community of residence" when a person is released on probation. It also expands notice to victims of domestic violence of the approximate location of their perpetrator.
- AB 689: A bipartisan effort to ensure that the Office of Emergency Services, which provides technical and financial assistance to local domestic violence centers, has twenty-four hour communication systems that go beyond telephone hotlines, capable of receiving text messages, computer chat messaging, and other nonverbal methods of receiving and sending messages.
- SB 24: Prevents abusers subject to a domestic violence restraining order (DVRO) from tracking down victims via information from their children's essential care providers (daycare, healthcare, education, etc.). Please join me this month and every month to honor victims and support survivors. We must ensure that those left in the wake of these crimes receive the assistance they need.
If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), text “START” to 88788, or visit thehotline.org to chat with an advisor online.