Violence Prevention Unit
Domestic Violence can take
many forms and is based in the abuserís desire to have
power and control
over the victim.
1: Tension Building:
During the first phase of the cycle tension builds.
The second phase of the cycle of violence involves the tension
escalating into a violent episode.
After the violence, the abuser may make excuses for his/her behavior. The abuser may beg for forgiveness and promise that it will never
Can I do to Be Safe?
steps to plan your safety can be an overwhelming and
frightening task. It is extremely important to have a plan in place
so that you are prepared in times
a safety Plan: Contact
the Berkeley Police Department's Domestic Violence Prevention
Unit or visit the Family Violence Law Center website at www.fvlc.org/gethelp_safetyplanning.html
a Restraining Order: Restraining Orders can
prevent your abuser from coming to your
home, job, and school.
They can also prevent your abuser from calling you on the phone,
sending you email, or having any contact with you. You can
obtain paperwork for a restraining
order at the Alameda County
Superior Court at 2120 Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Berkeley,
on-line at www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/protection/dv/
. For assistance in completing
restraining order paperwork contact the Family Violence Law Center or the Domestic
Violence Advocate at the Berkeley Police Department.
VINE: If your abuser has been arrested or incarcerated in
Alameda County, use VINE
(Victim Information and Notification Everyday) automated telephone
system to find out which
jail or prison your abuser is in and to sign up to be notified of when your
abuser will be released.
Call VINE at 1-800-511-1687.
the links on this website for assistance with shelter, counseling,
restraining orders, and other services.
information about Domestic Violence please take a look at the
Crime and Violence Prevention Center's pamphlet
Domestic Violence Prevention Unit
Violence Detective: 981-5736
Violence Advocate: 981-5724
Courtís Self-Help Center www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp
(Restraining Order Paperwork and other Legal Resources)
Violence Law Center
Bay Community Law Center
Area Legal Aid
Crime Victim Compensation 510-272-6180
Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-SAFE
Safe Place (Shelter and Counseling)
Futures (Shelter and Hotline)
Haven (Shelter and Hotline)
( for South Asian Women)
Hospital : DOVES Project
Safe Place Counseling Center 510-986-8600 www.asafeplacedvs.org
Clinica de la Raza
Clearwater 510-596-8137 www.clearwaterclinic.com
Mental Health 510-981-5290 www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/mentalhealth/