CALM is deeply saddened to learn of the murder of Lilia Munoz, allegedly at the hands of her partner.
Domestic violence is pervasive in the Santa Barbara community, and its effects are devastating. Survivors in violent homes are more likely to suffer physical and mental health effects, including depression and heart disease.
Domestic violence is one of 10 Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) that can lead to lifelong health outcomes, including anxiety, depression, cancer, and serious thoughts of suicide.
The effects of domestic violence extend far beyond the survivor. The toxic stress ripples to include their children and families, schools and the entire community.
Research shows that negative effects can be reversed as a result of early identification, treatment and support.
Santa Barbara County District Attorney, Joyce Dudley, has said domestic violence is the most common violent crime in the county. But it doesn’t have to be.
If you see something, say something. And if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, know there is help available. There is a path to safety.
Community members can contact one of the following resources:
Domestic Violence Solutions
24-Hour Crisis & Information Hotlines
Santa Barbara, 805-964-5245
Santa Maria, 805-925-2160
Santa Ynez, 805-686-4390
Santa Barbara, 805-965-2376
Santa Maria, 805-614-9160
District Attorney’s Office Victim/Witness Assistance
Santa Barbara, 805-568-2400
National Domestic Violence Hotline
— Denise Crosby for CALM.