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Reporting Domestic Violence

What To Do If You Are The Victim Of A Domestic Assault Or Related Crime.

Domestic violence is a serious community problem, which affects individuals of all races, religions and socio-economic backgrounds, including elders and juveniles. The San Jose Police Department, in conjunction with the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, agree to respond to acts of domestic violence as crimes. Victims of domestic violence will be treated with respect and dignity and will be given all available assistance by law enforcement personnel responding to an incident of domestic violence.

Immediately call 911 for police and medical attention. If this is not an option, try to protect yourself as best you can and contact 911 as soon as possible. Try to provide as much information to the 911 call taker as possible. This includes the suspect's location and description, what happened, and if there were any weapons involved. If you know the location of a weapon, tell the call taker.

If you have injuries, police and medical personnel will attend to these injuries when they arrive.

Provide the responding police officers with as much information as you can. If the offender is still on the scene, direct officers to the person’s location. Tell the officers what occurred prior to and during the incident, including what was said and if any threats were made. If a weapon was used, tell the officers its location if you know it and how it was used against you. Advise them of any witnesses to the incident including children who were present. Tell them of any past incidents that may have occurred. The officers may ask some delicate and personal questions during their investigation. Do not be ashamed to answer them; they are for the purpose of further investigation and to assist in collecting evidence.

San Jose police officers have received specialized training regarding the intricacies and different elements involved in domestic situations. They can offer many services provided within the community and can help you find temporary shelter if needed. They will provide you with a “Domestic Violence Resource Card” that will have phone numbers to the various family services available to you as well as other information about your rights as a victim.

After The Incident If the offender has been arrested at the scene, several things will take place depending on what the offender was arrested for:

Felony Level If the offender is arrested for a felony level crime, the person will be booked into the Santa Clara County jail. Even though the offender has been booked into jail, there is no guarantee how long he or she will be held in custody. The arrestee may be released at anytime. Because of this, it is important that if the victim has concern for their safety if the offender were to be released, an Emergency Protective Restraining Order (EPRO) should be obtained at the initial scene.Officers shall advise the victim of the availability and purpose of an EPRO at the scene.

For information about an offender’s status or to receive notification of his or her release from jail, the victim can call or click the following link:

    Santa Clara County Victim Notification System: (800) 464-3568 Top of page

An investigator from the Domestic Violence Unit will review the responding officer's report from the incident. The investigator will attempt to contact you. If you do not have a phone or are some place that the police might not know about, call 408-277-3700 to contact the investigator who has been assigned the case.

The investigator may contact you for a more detailed “re-interview” and may meet with you to take “follow-up” photos of any visible injuries. The investigator may also request that the you sign a medical records release form. The investigator will also attempt to interview the offender and any witnesses. Further evidence may be requested or collected.

The investigator will then present the case to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. The D.A. will decide if the evidence merits charging the offender with a crime. The D.A. will also look at the past history of the offender as well as probation and parole status. If charged, the offender will see a judge within 72 hours of the arrest and bail will be set. The D.A.’s office will contact you in the future regarding the case.

If the offender is not arrested at the scene, the investigator will most likely contact you and will proceed with the case as described above. This may take several days or weeks. If the D.A. decides to charge the offender, a warrant for the arrest of the offender will be issued.

Misdemeanor Level.  If the offender was arrested for a misdemeanor crime, the person will be booked into the Santa Clara County jail. Even though the offender has been booked into jail, there is no guarantee how long he or she will be held in custody. The arrestee may be released at anytime. Because of this, it is important that if the victim has concern for their safety if the offender were to be released, an Emergency Protective Restraining Order (EPRO) should be obtained at the initial scene.  Officer’s shall advise the victim of the availability and purpose of an EPRO at the scene.

For information about an offender’s status or to receive notification of his or her release from jail, the victim can call or click the following link:

    Santa Clara County Victim Notification System: (800) 464-3568

 

Getting Help Top of page

There are several agencies in the community which can provide you with assistance, including temporary shelter, legal assistance, counseling and referral services, advocacy programs, interpreter services, and children services.

The Family Violence Center - 1671 The Alameda, Ste 100, San Jose, CA 95126
Phone # 408-277-3700. SJPD Family Violence Center Link

The goal of the Family Violence Center is to address family violence issues by serving as the core for a multi-agency effort. The Family Violence Unit is staffed by representatives of the Police Department, District Attorney’s Office, Adult Probation, Department of Family and Children’s Services, State of California Division of Parole and victim advocates from Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence.  This cooperative effort provides all the support services available to victims of family violence in a safe and friendly environment.

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS & WEBSITES Top of page
Domestic Violence Resources – County of Santa Clara

24 hour crisis lines Domestic Violence Agencies in Santa Clara County

Asian Women’s Home

(408) 975-2739

 

Community Solutions – South County

(408) 683-4118

 

Next Door, Solutions to Domestic Violence

(408) 279-2962

 

Support Network for Battered Women

(800) 572-2782

 www.snbw.org

 

 

 

Other Domestic Violence Hotlines

MAITRI – South Asian Languages

(888) 862-4874 http://www.maitri.org/

open M-F, 9 am to 1 pm

National Domestic Violence Hotline

(800) 799-SAFE

 

 

 

 

Help with restraining order forms, restraining order court hearings, and other family law issues

Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI)

(408) 975-2730

 

Asian Law Alliance

(408) 287-9710

 

Bay Area Legal Aid

(408) 283-3700

 

Community Solutions – South County

(408) 683-4118

 

LACY (help for parenting or pregnant teens)

(408) 293-4790

 

Legal Aid Society, Santa Clara County, Family Law Section

(408) 998-5200

 

Next Door, Solutions to Domestic Violence

(408) 501-7542

Spanish (408) 501-7549

Pro Bono Project

(408) 998-5298

 

DVLSR (free lawyer for your domestic violence hearing)

(408) 998-5298

 

Support Network for Battered Women

(800) 572-2782

 

SALA (60 years old or older)

(408) 295-5991

 

 

 

 

Help with domestic violence/immigration issues

 

 

Asian Law Alliance

(408) 287-9710

 

Bay Area Legal

(408) 283-3700

 

Catholic Charities

(408) 944-0691

 

Katherine & George Alexander Community Law Center

(408) 288-7030

 

 

 

 

Victim Notification System

 

 

These systems tell you an inmate’s custody status and give electronic
notice of an intimate’s release from jail or prison.

Jail

(800) 464-3568

 

Prison

(916) 358-2436

 

 

 

 

Victim Witness Assistance Center

(408) 295-2656

 

This center provides services to crime victims and witnesses including crisis counseling, follow-up care,
help in court, and applications for money for counseling and other immediate needs.

 

 

 

California Victim Compensation Program

(800) 735-2929

 

This is a California program for victims of crime.

 

 

 

Sheriff’s Department Civil Division

(408) 808-4800

 

To find out if your restraining order was served on the restrained person

 

 

 

District Attorney - Criminal Division

 

 

Main Office (San Jose)

(408) 299-7500

 

Victim Advocate – Domestic Violence Unit

(408) 792-2546

 

 

 

 

Adult Probation

(408) 435-2000

 

 

Santa Clara County Jail- Main Booking

(408) 299-2306

 

 

 

 

Santa Clara County Superior Court Resources

 

 

Resource Specialist (link to all community resources)

(408) 534-5707

 

To check on the status of your Temporary Orders (“ex parte” request)

http://www.sccsuperiorcourt.org/family/exparte/exparte.pdf

 

 

 

Domestic Violence Internet Resources

 

 

   

Santa Clara County Self Service

www.scselfservice.org

California Self-Help Center

www.legalselfhelp

 

Domestic Violence Related Crimes Top of page

236/237 PC False imprisonment
236.1 PC Trafficking
240 PC Assault
243 (a) PC Battery - Spousal/cohabitant/parent of suspect's child/former spouse/fiancée/fiancé/dating and former dating relationship abuse
243 (e) PC Assault with a deadly weapon/assault with intent to commit great bodily injury 
245 PC Abuse of spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, former cohabitant or parent of suspect’s child
273.5 PC Violation of a protective order
417 PC Brandishing a weapon
591 PC Malicious destruction of a telephone line.
591.5 PC Unlawful removal, damage of wireless communication device, or obstructing use of such device to summon law enforcement
594 PC Vandalism

 

Definitions Top of page

Abuse means intentionally or recklessly causing or attempting to cause bodily injury, or placing another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent serious bodily injury to himself or another (13700(a) PC.

Cohabitant means two unrelated adult persons living together for a substantial period of time, resulting in some permanency of relationship (includes same sex relationships). Factors that may determine whether persons are cohabiting include, but are not limited to: (1) sexual relations between the parties while sharing the same living quarters, (2) sharing of income or expenses, (3) joint use or ownership of property, (4) whether the parties hold themselves out as husband and wife, (5) the continuity of the relationship, and (6) the length of the relationship (13700(b) PC.

Domestic Violence is abuse committed against an adult or any minor who is a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, former cohabitant, a person with whom the suspect has had a child or is having or has had a dating or engagement relationship (13700(b) PC. Same sex relationships are included.

Emergency Protective Order (EPRO) is a type of restraining order issued by a Judge or Commissioner at any time, whether or not Court is in session. It is intended to function as a temporary restraining order if a person is in immediate and present danger of domestic violence, elder or dependent adult abuse, child abuse, or where a child is in immediate and present danger of being abducted by a parent or relative or where stalking exists. It can also function as an order (when no custody order is in existence) determining temporary care and control of minor children of the above-described endangered person. (Family Code Section 6250) The issuance of an EPRO is not precluded by an arrest.


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