Domestic Violence has reached epidemic levels nationwide. According to a 2011 survey conducted by the Center for Disease Control, 31.5 percent of women and 27.5 percent of men had been victims of physical violence by an intimate partner. Further, 22.3 percent of women and 14 percent of men had experienced at least one act of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. In California, 32.9 percent of women and 27.3 percent of men have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. While these numbers are staggering, it’s important to keep in mind that there are laws in place to protect victims of domestic abuse.

The California Penal Code Section 273 identifies domestic violence as an instance when an individual “inflicts corporal injury resulting in a traumatic condition upon a victim” and identifies victims of domestic violence as being the offender’s former or current spouse, cohabitant, fiance or fiancee, and/or someone the offender has had an engagement or dating relationship with. A conviction of domestic battery can result in “a fine of up to $2,000, imprisonment in county jail for up to one year, or both.” In the case of probation, a court can mandate the offender to complete a treatment or counseling program for no less than one year.

There are many resources available in San Diego to victims of domestic violence should you need them.


  • San Diego County Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault 24 hour Hotline: (888) DV-LINKS (365-4657)
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 656 – HOPE (4673)
  • San Diego County Behavioral Health Access and Crisis Line: (888) 724 – 7240
  • Becky’s House 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline: (619) 234 – 3164


The center provides a myriad of resources for survivors of domestic violence including legal and immigration assistance and counseling, medical attention and employment coaching.

This center provides survivors with legal services and emergency and transitional shelters for those escaping dangerous situations.

  • Center for Community Services
    4508 Mission Bay Dr
    San Diego, CA 92109 – 4919
    (858) 272-5777
    A center that provides legal, counseling, advocacy, and emergency shelter to help end relationship and sexual violence



  1. Downtown San Diego – located in the San Diego Family Justice Center
  2. Ocean Beach
    5059 Newport Ave., Suite 202
    San Diego, CA 92107
    (619) 533-6089

This center provides individual and group counseling, as well as wellness workshops for survivors of domestic violence

Focused on providing counseling for children who have witnessed or experienced domestic violence, this center provides many treatments and programs for trauma, PTSD, ADHD, depression and more.


Located at the YWCA of San Diego, open 24 hours. This center offers a 30-day emergency shelter, transitional housing and legal support to women, men and children.

Located at the YWCA of San Diego, this center provides “interim housing and family services for low-income, single-parent or dual-parent families with children.” Designed to house entire families, the center does not separate members by gender or age. Administrative offices open Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:30 pm.

  • Home Start Maternity Shelter
    5005 Texas Street Suite 203
    San Diego, CA 92108
    Main office (619) 692-0727
    Open Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm

This shelter provides pregnant and nursing women 18-24 years old with a safe space for them and their children while also providing job-readiness training, financial literacy, and mental health services.

Carol’s House provides temporary shelter for 45 to 60 days while receiving services for legal advocacy, life skills and parenting classes, and individual and group counseling.

If you are considering a divorce or need legal assistance for cases related to domestic violence, contact one of our attorneys today. Our team of attorneys has extensive experience with cases regarding domestic violence, divorce, restraining orders, and other family law issues.