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dv_stats_for_2007_and_handouts - DOMESTIC VIOLENCE...

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE STATISTICS SANTA CLARA COUNTY JANUARY 1, 2007 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2007 Misdemeanors issued …………………… 2,680 Felonies issued …………………………. . 482 Cases not issued on ……………………… 2,044 TOTAL CASES REVIEWED …............ 5,206 1. Strikes ………………………. . 22 2. Children present (# of cases) … 827 3. Same gender …………………. 36 4. Injury ………………………… 1,791 5. Pregnant victim ……………… 88 6. Teen victim …………………. .. 66 The District Attorney’s office reviewed 100 brand new reports of domestic violence each week during 2007. The District Attorney’s office brought charges in 3162 cases – which equates to 60 brand new criminal cases of domestic violence each week in Santa Clara County. Page 1 of 13
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VII. 2007 SIGNIFICANT FINDINGS (RED FLAGS) 1. Everyone close to the victim and perpetrator knew that something was very wrong in the relationship but did not intervene. They must ask victims if they are fearful of the perpetrator and why? They should always ask if there are deadly weapons in the home. They must seek to safely intervene (assist the victim in calling a woman’s shelter or seeking domestic violence information, call law enforcement, and encourage victims to call law enforcement to remove firearms) in these relationships. They must educate themselves on domestic violence and share that information with everyone they come in contact with, especially family members. 2. Deadly domestic violence has several characteristics, which were evident in many of the six cases we reviewed this year. Prior threats of homicide and/or suicide - 3 cases Victim talked about divorce or separation and the perpetrator could not handle it – 2 cases Kidnapping or prior false imprisonment – 2 cases 1. A handgun was used in the homicide/suicide case, taking two lives. Those individuals possessing guns and using or threatening violence are a clear danger to themselves and everyone around them. 2. Deaths occurred in nearly every jurisdiction in this county and have involved different racial and socioeconomic groups. In fact those individuals from the middle/upper middle and higher economic strata contributed to one-half of the deaths (2). We must be cognizant of the fact that domestic violence is not just a poor person’s problem, it is everyone’s problem. Domestic violence death also does not care how rich or poor you are, everyone is at risk. 3.
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