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Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence and You

Every 15 Seconds, A Woman Is Beaten...

If you are a victim of domestic violence, you are not alone. About one fourth of all homicides and aggravated assaults are committed by one family member against another.

You have a right not to be battered or assaulted. Remember that physical abuse is a crime, even if the person who hurt you is your spouse, partner, boyfriend/girlfriend or otherwise known to you. It is your right to protect yourself from future violent incidents.

This information has been prepared by the District Attorney's Office of San Joaquin County in order to provide you, as a victim of domestic violence, with accurate information as to how your case will be handled. It is our hope that the information provided will answer your questions and relieve some of your fears.