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    What is Domestic Violence?

    Domestic violence is not physical violence alone. Domestic Violence is any behavior used to gain power and control over a spouse, partner, or intimate family member. There are many types of abuse such as physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, isolation, verbal abuse, and economic abuse. We understand it is hard to come forward but reporting is better than the situation escalating.

    PLS serves San Diego Counties’ indigent and most vulnerable populations. The majority of PLS efforts are focused on advocating for the steadily increasing number of Covid-era domestic violence victims. In other words, the tireless amount of the free services PLS provides are applied directly to the San Diego community– such as helping domestic violence victims further closing the “justice gap.” 


    1. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner stated by the National Coalition of Domestic Violence. 
    2. PLS contained 41 restraining orders and other domestic violence cases since 2020.
    3. Our success rate in protecting clients in domestic violence cases is 96 percent. 
    4.  The domestic violence hotline stated that about six thousand people answered Covid-19 as the root of their abuse. 
    5. On a typical day, local domestic violence hotlines receive approximately 19,159 calls, approximately 13 calls every minute.

    One of the focal points of PLS is helping the community which is why we’re partnering with specific organizations that aid domestic violence victims. If you or anyone you know need help reach out to us or any of the organizations listed.

    Link to useful organizations:

    Family Justice Center: The San Diego Family Justice Center, part of the Office of the City Attorney, is dedicated to transitioning victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and sex trafficking into survivors.

    YWCA/ Becky’s house: Assists 7,000 people every year, through services including short-
    term shelter, longer-term housing, and integrated services. The YWCA
    helps individuals and families find safety, stability, and self-reliance.

    Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law: Protects victims of domestic violence
    and improves the well-being of children living in poverty. With the help of
    volunteers, the Center provides free family law assistance and legal
    education to the poor.

    Restorative Justice Mediation Program: Currently offers two programs in
    California correctional facilities. RJMP’s ‘Safe Spaces’ program provides
    survivors of domestic and sexual violence with a professional, confidential,
    and secure environment to address the harms caused by the abuse, both
    emotional and financial.

    2-1-1: Bring the community (organizations) together to help people efficiently access appropriate services, and provide vital data and trend information for proactive community planning. Provide assistance in areas such as food, housing, and financial services.

    Domestic Violence Hotline: Confidential 24/7 hotline with access to resources and support.