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Violence Against Women in San Diego

Over the last decade, partner violence has been recognized and treated as a crime in most American communities. The consequences of the cycle of violence have been well documented. Despite this recognition, information about the nature and scope of partner violence is sparse.

Research conducted by the SANDAG Criminal Justice Research Division, with assistance from the National Institute of Justice and the California State Legislature, increased awareness of domestic violence issues by presenting information collected from emergency shelters for battered women in San Diego County. The shelter information related to the characteristics of the clients, the batterers, and the incidents.

Additionally, nearly 4,000 reports of domestic violence received by San Diego County law enforcement in 1996 were examined using indicators similar to those compiled in the shelter study. The response by the justice system with respect to arrest and disposition was also tracked.

Project Manager

Dr. Cynthia Burke, Director, Criminal Justice Research Division
Phone: (619) 699-1910, Email:

For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or

Related Resources


  • Violence Against Women in San Diego [PDF: 850KB]