Domestic violence and emotional abuse are behaviors used by one person in a relationship to control the other. Intimate partners may be:
- Married / not married / separated / divorced
- Dating /engaged / formerly dating or engaged
- Heterosexual / homosexual
- Living together / formerly living together
- Co-parents of a child
- Adult / minor
You have the right to be safe and no one has the right to hit, threaten, or abuse you. Men, women, children, elders and pets can all be victims of domestic violence. Children witnessing domestic violence in their home are at risk to grow up to be abused by their intimate partner or become abusers themselves.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, now is the time to start protecting yourself. You are taking that first step by seeking assistance and it is as close as a phone call to law enforcement, a friend or to a shelter.
If you need help, here’s what you can do:
- Contact the San Diego Sheriff’s Department at (858) 565-5200.
- Call the San Diego County Domestic Violence 24-hour hotline 1-888-DVLINKS (385-4657) for emergency assistance or ongoing needs.
- Leave your home or have someone stay with you. Go to a shelter.
- Get medical attention from your doctor or hospital emergency room. Ask the staff to photograph your injuries and keep detailed records in case you decide to take legal action.