October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to keep the public in the loop regarding the issue, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office has released domestic abuse arrest numbers for the last 12 months.
Domestic Violence "can include physical, sexual, psychological and economic abuse, and is perpetrated by one person against their intimate partner. Domestic violence can also be perpetrated by and/or against a member of the same family or household," Sgt. Steve Carney said in a prepared statement.
Carney called domestic violence "a huge and largely hidden problem," that occurs every 15 seconds nationwide.
From September 2011 through September 2012, there were 3,289 total domestic violence 911 calls in Santa Cruz County resulting in 331 arrests and 356 arrest warrants. In Scotts Valley there were 9 arrests and 4 arrest warrants issued. See the full number breakdown below.Agency Calls Reports Arrests Arrest Warrants Sheriff's Office (includes Soquel/Aptos) 1,249 350 139 100 Capitola Police 152 26 12 10 Santa Cruz Police 995 270 83 91 Watsonville Police 893 181 88 151 Scotts Valley Police N/A 36 9 4 Totals 3,289 863 331 356
Do these numbers surprise you? About one in five calls resulted in an arrest or arrest warrant. Thoughts on the numbers? Tell us in the comments!