Why is this important?
- Children exposed to domestic violence have an increased risk of physical, mental, and emotional illness. The younger the child, the more serious the consequences can be.
- Children who witness family violence are more likely to be the target of violence in the home, themselves.
- A Statewide Law Enforcement Protocol reports that 44% of police reported domestic violence calls in California include at least one child witness.
- Children who witness domestic violence are 74% more likely to commit violence later in life.
How are we doing?
- Sacramento County residents placed more than 6,000 domestic violence related calls to law enforcement in 2011.
- The number of domestic violence related calls in Sacramento County varies considerably from year to year, however, California overall has seen a steady decline in calls placed to law enforcement agencies.
- The rate of domestic violence related calls is routinely higher in Sacramento County than throughout the State.
Data Source: California Department of Justice