23ABC Community Connection


Family violence, sexual assault, child abuse hotlines remain active amid COVID-19 closures

civic justice center
Posted at 11:12 PM, Mar 20, 2020

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer announced today that hotlines for domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault will remain open for those in need.

“Economic disruptions on the scale that we are seeing from the coronavirus pandemic can place great deal of stress on families. Unfortunately, increased pressure on families can often trigger domestic violence or child abuse. In these uncertain times, it is important for families to have guidance on issues related to these crimes and to understand the warning signs that often lead up to them," said Zimmer.

Crimes should still be reported to by calling 911, but dedicated hotlines can provide guidance for intervention before issues elevate to criminal conduct.

Numbers for additional resources listed below.

Alliance Against Family Violence – 24 Hour Crisis Hotline: (800) 273-7713

Department of Human Services Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect: (661) 631-6000

Family Justice Center: (661) 868-8410

In East Kern County: Women’s Center High Desert, Inc.

Domestic Violence: (760) 375-7525

Sexual Assault: (760) 375-074