Women and girls are the populations most at risk of domestic violence, sexually exploitation as minors, and of teen dating violence. California is also a major destination for human trafficking with the majority of victims being women and children. They are subjected to forced labor or sexual exploitation - modern day slavery, perpetually suffering psychological and physical abuse.
Violence against women has wide-ranging and long-term physical and psychological effects on victims and their children. Women from every culture, race and ethnicity are victims of domestic violence. A few facts:
- The rate of violence is much higher for minority women, especially Native-Americans
- Six percent of California women suffer physical injuries from domestic violence every year
- Women 16 to 24 experience the highest rates of intimate partner violence, as well as sexual assault
- There is one forcible rape every 56 minutes in California
- Fifty-one percent of sexual assaults are committed against women between 16 and 21 years old
For more information on these issues, please see below.
- Domestic Violence Awareness Month Toolkit - October 2008 (www.safestate.org) - Safety Planning, Financial and Legal Resources, and other Domestic Violence Prevention Information
- Domestic Violence Handbook: A Survivor's Guide (PDF) - Developed by the California Attorney General's Office, Crime and Violence Prevention Center
- Report - Attorney General's Task Force on Local Criminal Justice Response to Domestic Violence (www.safestate.org)
- Human Trafficking in California (PDF) - A Report of the California Alliance to Combat Trafficking and Slavery (CA ACTS) Task Force
- Trafficking Information and Referral Hotline: 1-888-373-7888.
- The Campaign to Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking (www.acf.hhs.gov)
- Human Trafficking in California Fact Sheet (PDF) - California Alliance to Combat Trafficking and Slavery (CA ACTS) Task Force
Sexually Exploited Minors
- Child and Youth Sexual Exploitation in the San Diego Region: A Community Assessment for the ACTION Network (PDF)
Teen Dating Violence
- Teen Dating Violence Resources (www.safestate.org) -
Developed by the California Attorney General's Office, Crime and Violence Prevention Center
- The Facts on Teenagers and Intimate Partner Violence (PDF) -
Prepared by the Family Violence Prevention Fun
- California Violence Prevention Resource Directory (www.cdph.ca.gov) - Published by the Violence Prevention Unit of the California Department of Public Health's Epidemiology and Prevention for Injury Control (EPIC) Branch
- Resource and Referral List for Victims of Hate Crimes - Updated November 2005
- State Advisory Committee (SAC) on Sexual Assault Victim Services
Please visit our violence links/resources section for additional information.