Domestic Violence Unit
Domestic violence causes tremendous harm to victims and society as a whole. Each member in an abusive or violent household suffers physically and/or emotionally, and violence is often spread from one generation to the next.
Domestic violence is a pattern of increasingly frequent and severe assaultive and abusive behavior that is used against intimate partners. Its purpose is to control the victim and other members of the household. The pattern includes physical, sexual, and psychological attacks, as well as economic coercion. The pattern is purposeful and includes both criminal and non criminal acts. The goal is to gain power and control.
Batterers use a variety of tactics to gain power and control over intimate partners. Some, like physical and sexual violence, are only used occasionally. Some are used one or more times every day.
If you are the victim of domestic violence, you are not alone. About one-fourth of all homicides and aggravated assaults are committed by one family member against another. Domestic violence is the cause of approximately 30% of total female homicide cases. In California, more than 200,000 incidents of domestic violence are reported every year.
You have a right not to be battered. Physical abuse is a crime, even if the person who hurt you is your spouse, partner, boyfriend/girlfriend, or otherwise known to you. It is your right to protect yourself from future violent incidents.
If you are a victim of domestic violence or know someone who is please contact Deputy Robert Rawlin at (530) 822-7307 for assistance. Let’s work together to end the cycle of violence.
Sutter County Sheriff’s Office V.O.T.E. Program
(Victims Overcoming Traumatic Events)
The Sutter County Sheriff’s Office implemented the V.O.T.E. Program to build a positive relationship between law enforcement personnel and individuals experiencing traumatic situations. The programs primary goals are to keep the family unit together, instill healthy conflict resolution techniques, stop the cycle of violence, and protect victims from future violent incidents. The long term goal is to prevent children from growing up and continuing the violence they were exposed to.
The Sutter County Sheriff’s Office V.O.T.E. team is dedicated to obtaining these goals. It is our intention to equip the community with proactive tools, teach conflict resolution skills, provide victims with a support system and positive resources, reassure children they have somewhere to turn, and instill responsibility to the aggressor.
There are no simple solutions for stopping family violence. Without some type of intervention, violent behavior usually does not stop. It tends to get more frequent and severe. Legal action is one way of intervening. Counseling is another alternative. Often, a combination of the two is the most effective.
If you want to learn more, contact Deputy Robert Rawlin at 822-7307