If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-Safe (7233) or find your local domestic violence organization: California Domestic violence organizations by county.
Over 10 million Americans per year experience domestic violence. Here in California, 32.9% of women and 27.3% of men experience domestic violence in their lifetimes.
Domestic violence does not descriminate—it impacts families and communities throughout the state, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. In a state as large and diverse as California, however, the challenges facing each community can be unique and complex.
- Blue Shield of California Foundation sponsored this survey of adult Californians to understand their views on sexism, inequality, and domestic violence. The survey also looked at actions Californians are willing to take when faced with domestic violence in their own lives as well as broader political actions they might take on this issue.
How you can help:
- Use your voice! The silence around domestic violence makes it harder for survivors to get the help they need. By starting the conversation with your friends, family, and neighbors, you can help end the silence.
- Get involved. Contact your local domestic violence organization or shelter and ask how you can help in your community.
- Be an advocate. Learn the warning signs, and if someone you know needs help, refer them to a local organization. Remember, not all survivors will need the same type of support—whether they are ready to leave the relationship or not, let them know they’re not alone.
- Donate/Volunteer. Whether it’s through financial support or volunteering your time, you can help your local domestic violence organization. And you’ll know where to refer someone if you ever need to.
- Get informed. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24/7 at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or online at www.thehotline.org. The hotline isn’t just for those in crisis—you can call to get resources or information about domestic violence, or just to talk with someone if you’re questioning unhealthy aspects of a relationship—whether it’s yours or a loved one’s.
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline website provides in-depth national domestic violence statistics.
- This blog from Foundation President & CEO Peter Long discusses the recent #MeToo campaign and speaking up empowers survivors.
- This blog highlights the role we all have to play in ending domestic violence: being an upstander, not a bystander.
- This infographic shows the impact of domestic violence on the healthcare system.