District Attorney Advocates for Abuse Victims During Stay at Home Orders

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Sheriff Bill Brown and District Attorney Joyce Dudley

By edhat staff

Local leaders held a press conference Tuesday advocating for victims of abuse during the statewide stay at home order due to the coronavirus.

District Attorney Joyce Dudley, Sheriff Bill Brown, and County Fire Chief Mark Hartwig emphasized the importance of coming together as a community to watch out for our most vulnerable. 

Dudley stated within the first week of the stay at home order, there was a 21% increase in domestic abuse calls. In the second week, there was a steep drop. She believes people are experiencing elevated levels of in-home abuse:  Domestic Violence, Spousal Rape, Child Abuse, Elder Abuse and Animal Abuse, and it's being grossly under-reported with lives at stake.

"I've been doing this week for 30 years, the only reason its dropping is because people aren't reporting because they're at home and terrified," said Dudley. She went on to explain that seeing fewer calls only makes officials more alarmed. 

Dudley is encouraging victims or witnesses to call 911 to report any abuse as this is local law enforcement's highest priority. In situations where they cannot call 911, she urged them to call a District Attorney Victim/Witness Advocate at 805-568-2400.

Now, more than ever, family, friends, neighbors, colleagues and even strangers must pay attention and report any concerns they have, she said.

Sheriff Brown echoed these statements by asking the community to support and protect one another. He encouraged residents to call 911 for abuse in progress or if it just occurred, or else contact Sheriff's Dispatch at 805-683-2724.

"Relationship abuse is unacceptable in any form, we must all do our part to be aware of and stop abuse in the home," said Brown.

The full press conference is available in English and Spanish.

Resources

  • Sheriff Dispatch: 805-683-2724
  • DA Victim/Witness Advocate: 805-568-2400
  • Informational Hotline: 211 or 800-400-1572
  • Santa Barbara Behavioral Wellness: 888-868-1649
  • Community Wellness Team: 805-364-2750
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TheTek Apr 10, 2020 02:18 PM
District Attorney Advocates for Abuse Victims During Stay at Home Orders

She is a prosecutor, her job is to proceed with any "facts" leaning on the side of punishing the "abuser." Yes, we would all love for balance as it takes "two-to-tango" as the old cliche says. Yet, what I have learned is that lawyers are Masters of the English language , thus, they use words as weapons in court. They take "facts" such as pictures, and statements and synthesize strong arguments with strong bias [that's the weight] on one side of the triple-beam or the other. They also take witnesses opinionated words. which are obviously on one side or the other, and so hearsay goes a longer way in Civil Law cases. Yeah, there is a bias in enforcing---as too much objectivity would weaken their side of the story and make for a weak case. Unfortunately, "male-like's" are victims too, yet historically being physically and mentally more brutal, allows for the scales justice to discard the victimization of "men" and more easily punishes them even before ever being Charged with anything. The assumption is that the more "masculine gender" will likely be the meaner one. On the upside, if the physical evidence is lacking or low, DA's and Judges normally opt for one or both parties to attend mandatory anger management. When in classes, within a group therapy environment the objective is to educate offenders on the mechanics of stirring-the-pot and the make-up-to-break-up-cycle. A vicious cycle that sometimes spirals out of control and some one eventually ends up severely injured. Remember also, that the abuser; was also once the abused.

a-1590523372 Apr 09, 2020 10:47 AM
District Attorney Advocates for Abuse Victims During Stay at Home Orders

8:16 pm. Yes, I read it, did you. "Dudley stated within the first week of the stay at home order, there was a 21% increase in domestic abuse calls. In the second week, there was a steep drop." What does "steep drop" mean to you? Funny we get numbers on the upside but not on the downside.

Luvaduck Apr 08, 2020 09:09 AM
District Attorney Advocates for Abuse Victims During Stay at Home Orders

This stuff is predictable. Living in close quarters 24/7 brings out the worst in some and the best in others. It magnifies whatever the relationship is based on. The kids are the real winners or losers because they didn't choose their families dynamics.

a-1590523372 Apr 08, 2020 09:02 AM
District Attorney Advocates for Abuse Victims During Stay at Home Orders

Dudley is so non-objective about this stuff that it is frightening for her to prosecute it. The fact that abuse calls have been reduced, not increased is of no import. She states here that the facts she doesn't like are not correct and that she knows abuse is growing because, apparently, she knows what abusers think and do. So much for the even-handed scales of justice. Why, by the way, is it necessary to hold these press conferences? Is it not just to satisfy her and his political careers?

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