domestic violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, and organizations that help survivors of domestic violence on the Central Coast report an uptick in calls, believed to be directly related to the pandemic.

Domestic violence is an alarming and pervasive problem in our country. On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States. Over the course of a year, that equals more than 12 million women and men. And while a the COVID-19 pandemic or a bad economy does not cause domestic violence, it can and has made it worse. Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with RISE SLO education and communications director Christina Kaviani, PhD., and Vivien Devaney-Frice, director of In-Custody & Reentry Programs with Restorative Partners, Inc.,  about Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the impact of current events on the movement to end gender-based violence, and how restorative practices can support the healing journey of families who have suffered from violence.

Broadcast date: 12/21/2017

Domestic violence happens everywhere, including right here on the Central Coast. It does not know any boundaries of age, race, religion, or even socioeconomic status. Approximately 40% of California women experience physical intimate partner violence in their lifetimes. Last year, 1700 people in San Luis Obispo County sought relief from domestic violence. 

To prevent domestic violence, it takes a community. Today, Stand Strong, formerly known as the Women’s Shelter of San Luis Obispo County, is calling on all community members to come together and support one another with dignity, respect and compassion to prevent violence.

Broadcast date: 5/12/16

Domestic violence, can occur across the lifespan to victims of all ages, including older adults. It can be viewed as a sub-set of the larger elder abuse problem. 

Stock photo: Flickr member Tex Texin

A 39-year-old Santa Barbara man was in custody Wednesday evening as the primary suspect in the death of a 39-year-old woman who appeared to be teh victim of a domestic violence violence attack.

Investigators say the victim in this crime died of injuries she received during the assault.

The suspect and the victim were not married but did have a daughter together who was present during the violent act. Police say the girl was physically unharmed and is now being taken care of by Child Welfare Services.

An off-duty Lompoc Police Officer was arrested this past weekend on domestic violence charges, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said 29-year-old Matthew Lee Hill was booked into the County Jail for violating section 273.5 of the California Penal Code. He was released the same day after posting $25,000 bail.

Hill was taken into custody Sunday morning at his home in Vandenberg Village after deputies responded to a domestic disturbance call.