Childrens Report Card

Sacramento County Childrens Coalition

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Domestic Violence

Domestic violence refers to any physical or emotional abuse, the threat of abuse, or isolation or deprivation committed by a current or former intimate partner on another. It is believed that domestic violence remains a highly under-reported issue. The rate of domestic violence related calls to law enforcement has been consistently higher in Sacramento County than statewide.  It is not known whether this is because Sacramento County residents experience more domestic violence, or are more willing to report incidences when they do occur.

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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

Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 11:46