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Domestic Violence Is A Crime, Not A Private Family Matter: Santa Monica Police:

Almost exactly a year ago, an estranged husband murdered his ex-wife and seven co-workers in an unspeakable act of domestic violence in Seal Beach.

This was followed less than two months later by the fatal stabbing, in Santa Monica, of Christina Talley, a woman killed by her estranged husband while she worked as a checkout clerk in a local grocery store.

Nationwide, an average of three women tragically lose their lives each day as a result of domestic violence.

The Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women and the Santa Monica Police Department have joined together to spread awareness that domestic violence is a crime, not a private family matter.

Domestic Violence is a pattern of abusive behavior – physical, emotional, sexual and/or economic – that is used by one partner in the relationship to gain or maintain power and control over the other partner in both heterosexual and same-sex relationships.

SMPD Sgt. Richard Lewis said beyond the workplace, domestic violence makes far too many family homes places of fear for battered spouses and for children who witness or experience such abuse.

“Even when children in an abusive household are not directly injured, exposure to violence in the home can contribute to long-term behavioral, social, and emotional problems that play out in forms such as bullying in schools, post-traumatic disorders, alcohol and drug abuse, and dating and gang violence,” Lewis said.

“Domestic Violence is the number one health issue for women and girls and impacts nearly one in seven women and more than three million children.”

Women between the ages of 16 and 24 are among the most vulnerable to intimate partner violence, Lewis said.

“Studies show 1.5 million high school students experience physical abuse from a dating partner each year,” he said.

“The economic cost of this crime is enormous and said to exceed $5.8 billion each year. Of that amount, nearly $4.1 billion was for direct medical and mental health care services, and nearly $1.8 billion was for the indirect costs of lost productivity or wages.”

Santa Monica Police Department and Commission on the Status of Women are committed to getting victims the help they need and enabling them to know that there are resources available to them.

“Together, we encourage victims, their loved ones, and concerned citizens to learn more,” Lewis said.

Report Abuse:

If you, a relative, friend or neighbor are in immediate danger, call 911. The operator will ask you questions in order to determine the nature of the emergency and provide the best possible response. To report an incident to the police after danger has subsided, call 310.458.8491.

Request Arrest:

Don’t be reluctant to have the police arrest your spouse/partner. Studies show that when the police arrest a suspect for domestic violence, the offender is less likely to assault the victim again. The police are required, by law, to arrest a suspected batter when the victim shows visible marks.

Seek Support:

Talk to a trained professional to discuss what options are available to you. Help for domestic violence is available from:

— L.A. Commission on Assaults Against Women 24 hour crisis line: 310.392.8381

— Legal Aid Foundation of LA, Domestic Violence Clinic for restraining orders or legal advice: Santa Monica City Courthouse, Room 121, Monday – Fridays from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

— SMPD Crimes Against Persons Unit: For emergencies, call 911 or to report a crime that is a non-emergency, 310.458.8491; for questions or to seek resources without reporting, 310.458.8451

— Sojourn Shelter for Battered Women 24 hour crisis line: 310.264.6644

For more information on efforts to raise domestic violence awareness and other safety issues, contact the Santa Monica Police Departments Community Relations Unit at 310.458.8474.

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