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Domestic Violence Information
Substance Abuse and Domestic ViolenceThe use of alcohol and other drugs by either partner is a risk factor for domestic violence. Substance use may increase the likelihood that a batterer will commit an act of domestic violence. It reduces inhibitions and distorts perceptions. Alcohol use tends to be an excuse for violent behavior. Substance use and domestic violence tend to follow parallel, escalating patterns.
You Are Not Alone
Abuse happens in every culture and age group - and if it is happening to you, we can help.If you are being abused you probably feel frightened, angry, and without hope. Your partner might make it worse by blaming you, but no one deserves to be abused or threatened. You cannot stop your partner's abuse, but there are ways to find the support and help you need - and the hope we all deserve.
What You Can do Right Now
If you are in immediate danger, call 911
Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 to find the domestic violence program near you. Visit their website at National Domestic Violence Hotline to make a plan that is safe for you. Talk with somebody you trust: a friend, relative, or someone from your job or house of worship. Put together an emergency kit of things you would need if you had to leave suddenly, such as identification, medicine, keys, and money. This will also make you feel more in control.Remember that you are the expert about your own life. Do not let anyone talk you into doing something that is not right for you.
OutreachThe California Partnership to End Domestic Violence
The Family Violence Prevention Fund
CA Office of the Attorney General