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Stopping the cycle of domestic violence is a major priority of the District Attorney's Office. The office does this by diligently prosecuting family violence crimes and helping victims with care and compassion. The District Attorney’s Office also participates in multi-agency efforts to combat family violence throughout the County. As chief prosecutor in the county, the District Attorney appoints the Chair of the Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Council. Michele Daniels, the Head Deputy of the District Attorney’s Family Violence Division, currently serves as Chair.

The Family Violence Division, which handles cases in Downtown Los Angeles and the surrounding areas, was created to deal with the most serious offenders and to sensitively help victims with the healing process. The Family Violence Division is comprised of specially trained attorneys who vertically prosecute spousal abuse, physical child abuse, and other domestic violence crimes. This means that one deputy district attorney handles each case from beginning to end. The District Attorney’s Victim Impact Program enhances the Office’s ability to prosecute family violence crimes throughout the outlying areas of the County.

The District Attorney’s Office pledges to treat all family violence victims with the dignity and understanding they deserve. We will file criminal charges whenever there is legally sufficient evidence of a family violence crime and hope that all victims cooperate with our efforts. However, because our client, the People of the State of California, has an interest in protecting the safety of family violence victims and holding perpetrators accountable for their crimes, the District Attorney’s Office will proceed with family violence prosecutions with or without the victim’s cooperation.

For information on how victims can protect themselves and their children, please read the District Attorney’s Office Advice to Family Violence Victims and Witnesses.

Helpful Telephone Numbers

In 1994, the District Attorney’s Office established the Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Hotline – (800) 978-3600 – which helps victims find "A Safe Way Out" of their abusive environments. This multi-lingual toll-free service routes victims of domestic violence directly to trained shelter personnel in Los Angeles County. Learn more about the Hotline by clicking the link above.

The County of Los Angeles has also established a Child Abuse Hotline – (800) 540-4000 – where people can report their concerns about the welfare of a child.

Domestic Violence Shelter Hotlines

Su Casa Family Crisis & Support Center Artesia (562) 402-4888
Peace & Joy Care Center Carson (310) 898-3117
House of Ruth Claremont (909) 988-5559
Angel Step Inn Downey (800) 655-2226/(323) 780-HELP
YWCA of Glendale, DV Project Glendale (818) 242-1106
Antelope Valley DV Council Lancaster (800) 282-4808/(661) 945-6736
1736 Family Crisis Center South Bay 2 (562) 388-7652
Interval House Long Beach (562) 594-4555
Women Shelter of Long Beach Long Beach (562) 437-4663
1736 Family Crisis Center Los Angeles (213) 745-6434
Break the Cycle Los Angeles (888) 988-TEEN
Center for the Pacific-Asian Family Los Angeles (800) 339-3940
(323) 653-4042
CSAC Chicana Service Action Center Los Angeles (800) 843-9675
Good Shepard Shelter Los Angeles (323) 737-6111
Jenesse Center, Inc. Los Angeles (800) 479-7328
Domestic Violence Center/Santa Clarita Valley Newhall (661) 259-4357
Haven House Pasadena (323) 681-2626
1736 Family Crisis Center South Bay 1 (310) 370-5902
Haven Hills San Fernando Valley (818) 887-6589
Rainbow Services, Ltd. San Pedro (310) 547-9343
Sojourn Services Santa Monica (310) 264-6644
Family Violence Project/Jewish Family Services Sherman Oaks (818) 505-0900
YWCA Wings West Covina (626) 967-0658
Women’s Children’s Crisis Center Whittier (562) 945-3939

Family Violence Division
Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center
210 West Temple Street, Suite 18-702
Los Angeles, CA. 90012
Phone: (213) 974-3785

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