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Police Response to DV: Human Options x SAPD

Many victims of domestic violence admit that when an abusive incident happens in their home, they are hesitant to get the police involved. This could be for a number of reasons: they may be afraid of escalating the situation, of overreacting, or out of concern for the long term consequences. However, sometimes getting the police involved is the only way to get help and deescalate a dangerous situation. So when should you get the police involved?

In this video Q&A, Sara Behmerwohld of Human Options, Brenda Ruvalcaba and Maribel Casillas of the Santa Ana Police Department discuss how police are trained to respond to domestic violence calls. They will share the latest policies and procedures, as well as what you should know about reaching out to get help.

And remember, if you are the victim of domestic violence, you don’t need to navigate it alone. While the police are there to intervene in the midst of a heated domestic dispute, we are here to walk with you in the aftermath, helping you navigate things tasks legal services, mental health counseling and more. You can reach our 24-hour toll free support line at (877) 854-3594. We have trained professionals here to help you.


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