Domestic or family violence, sometimes referred to as battering, is a pattern of behavior, often including the threat or use of violence, which is utilized by one individual to establish power and control over another person. Domestic violence can include physical abuse, emotional abuse, economic abuse and sexual abuse. Domestic violence can impact anyone, regardless of gender, income, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion. Domestic violence can also have harmful long-term effects on children. Children who learn violence at home are at high risk of continuing to live with violence as adults, whether as batterers or victims.
Domestic Violence is a Crime. Victims of domestic or family violence often feel isolated, powerless, fearful, guilty, and dependent financially and/or emotionally on their abuser. The good news is that there is help available. If you are in an abusive relationship the following CSP programs are available to help you:
- Apply for a temporary restraining order,
- Explore options for safe housing,
- Assist in accessing counseling services for you and your children, and
- Provide support during criminal justice system proceedings.
A petition must be filed at the Lamoreaux Justice Center or the Orange County Family Justice Center to request a court order which will prohibit contact between you and your abuser. DVAP Victim Advocates are trained to assist victims in preparing all paperwork necessary for a Domestic Violence or Elder/Dependent Adult Abuse Protective Order to present your request to the Court. The court can order a restrained person to:
· Not to contact or go near the victim, their children, other relatives, or others who live in the household
· Not to have a gun or ammunition
· To move out of the victim’s house
· Obey child custody and visitation orders
· Pay child and/or spousal support
· Obey orders about property
More information about the restraining order process in Orange County may be obtained from the Orange County Courts website:
Lamoreaux Justice Center (714) 935-7956
Orange County Family Justice Center (714) 765-1630
Family Violence Victim Services – Orange County District Attorney (714) 347-8583 or (714) 347-8828
CSP Victim Advocates provide assistance to victims of felony domestic violence, child abuse, and cases involving disabled adult abuse victims. The Advocate’s role is to provide assistance by ensuring that the victims fully understand the criminal justice system and are kept up to date on their individual case. Advocates may also assist the victim by offering court support during all hearings and explaining the various programs that are designed to help victims with restitution, counseling, relocation, medical bills, understanding protective orders, and a victim impact statement. CSP Victim Advocates in FVVS work alongside the Family Protection Unit of the Orange County District Attorney’s office.
Family Violence Victim Services – Law Enforcement
The following CSP Victim Assistance Program units work in partnerships with the designated law enforcement agencies to provide in depth client services for victims of domestic violence and, upon request, other crimes against persons. The Victim Advocates are assigned to work on-site in the law enforcement agencies and provide crisis intervention, emergency assistance, orientation to the criminal justice system, and referrals to community resources.
Orange County Sheriff’s Department (714) 647-7498
The CSP Victim Advocate at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department receives referrals from the cities and unincorporated areas of Orange County which are patrolled by the OCSD.
Huntington Beach Police Department (714) 536-5957
The advocate working out of the Huntington Police Department responds to field calls and receives referrals from HBPD Investigators.
Irvine Police Department (949) 724-7274
The advocate working out of the Irvine Police Department responds to field calls and receives referrals from IPD Investigators. The advocate works in conjunction with the IPD Family Violence Prevention Project.
Santa Ana Police Department (714) 245-8407
The advocate working out of the Santa Ana Department responds to field calls and receives referrals from SAPD Investigators. The advocate may refer clients to the Corbin Community Center for advocacy, counseling and resource assistance.
Corbin Community Center
The Counselor assigned to Corbin Community Center works as a member of a collaborative team which provides therapy and case management services to victims of child abuse and their non-offending family members. All clients provided services through this project must be residents of Santa Ana.
CSP Victim Assistance Programs
The staff of each of the CSP Victim Assistance Program offices located in the Superior Court Justice Centers is trained to help victims of domestic violence. If you are a victim of domestic violence contact one of the specialized programs listed above the Victim Assistance Program office closest to you.
Other Important Links and Numbers
• Human Options: 24hr. Hotline (949) 854-3554
• Interval House: 24hr. Hotline (714) 891-8121
• Laura’s House: 24hr. Hotline (949) 498-1511
• WTLC: 24hr. Hotline (714) 992-1931
• Child Abuse Services Team (CAST): (714) 940-4747