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Hotlines for domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault remain open

Posted: 10:35 AM, Mar 25, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-25 13:36:17-04
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The District Attorney's Office wants to remind the community that hotlines for domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault remain manned and available 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," District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer stated. "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.”

The DA's Office said crimes in progress should be reported to local law enforcement or by calling 911, but these dedicated hotlines can provide guidance for intervention before issues elevate to criminal conduct.

Numbers for additional resources are listed:

  • Alliance Against Family Violence – 24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 1-800- 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) 375-0745