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2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 981-5900, TDD: (510) 981-5799, police@ci.berkeley.ca.us


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Domestic Violence Prevention Unit

Domestic Violence can take many forms and is based in the abuserís desire to have
power and control over the victim. 

Phase 1: Tension Building: During the first phase of the cycle tension builds.  
Phase 2: Eruption: The second phase of the cycle of violence involves the tension escalating into a violent episode.  
Phrase 3: Honeymoon: After the violence, the abuser may make excuses for his/her behavior. Th
e abuser may beg for forgiveness and promise that it will never happen again. 

What Can I do to Be Safe?  Taking 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 
of danger.

  • Make 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

  • Get 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, 
    or 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.

  • Use 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.

  • Get Help: Use the links on this website for assistance with shelter, counseling, legal issues, 
    restraining orders, and other services.

For additional information about Domestic Violence please take a look at the 
Crime and Violence Prevention Center's pamphlet


Berkeley Police Department
Domestic Violence Prevention Unit /
Domestic Violence Detective:   981-5736
omestic Violence Advocate:   981-5724


California Courtís Self-Help Center   www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp
(Restraining Order Paperwork and other Legal Resources)

Family Violence Law Center                            510-208-0255    www.fvlc.org

East Bay Community Law Center                   510-548-4040     www.ebclc.org

Bay Area Legal Aid                                          877-346-4529     www.baylegal.org

California Crime Victim Compensation         510-272-6180  (Alameda County)

Shelters and Hotlines

National Domestic Violence Hotline               800-799-SAFE    www.ndvh.org

A Safe Place (Shelter and Counseling)          510-536-7233     www.asafeplacedvs.org

Building Futures (Shelter and Hotline)            866-A-WAY-OUT www.bfwc.org

Tri-Valley Haven (Shelter and Hotline)            800-884-8119      www.trivalleyhaven.org

Narika ( for South Asian Women)                    800-215-7308     www.narika.org


Childrenís Hospital : DOVES Project        510-428-3135   www.kidsfirst.org

A Safe Place Counseling Center               510-986-8600   www.asafeplacedvs.org

La Clinica de la Raza                                   510-535-4170   www.laclinica.org

Clearwater                                                     510-596-8137   www.clearwaterclinic.com

Berkeley Mental Health                    510-981-5290   www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/mentalhealth/