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Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence | Resources | Weapons on Campus

Domestic violence is an escalating pattern of abuse where one partner in a current or previous intimate relationship controls the other through force, intimidation, or the threat of violence.

No one deserves abuse; it is a crime if someone physically hurts or threatens you. The criminal justice system can be intimidating and confusing, but do not be afraid to call the police if you have been abused. The goal of the police and the legal system is to provide some measure of safety for victims of violence in relationships along with accountability and counseling for their abusers.

If you have just been threatened or beaten, call 9-1-1 or 9-911 from a campus phone. Tell the dispatcher that you are in danger and you need help immediately. The police are required to write an incident report for all domestic violence calls, even if the batterer has already left the scene when they arrive. Although it is best to make the report as soon as possible, you may also call the police hours, days, or months after you have been abused.

University Policy on Violence in the Workplace

"Stanford University strives to provide a safe environment in which to work; therefore, the university will not tolerate violence or threats of violence in any university facility where employees work. All weapons, as defined by the California Penal Code, are banned from university premises unless written university policy gives permission. Employees who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination. Employees who intentionally bring false charges will also be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination." Refer to Administrative Guide 23.9

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Domestic Violence Resources

The YWCA Sexual Assault Center at Stanford (650) 725-9955
Offers immediate individual counseling and referral to students who are affected by violence in relationships. The YWCA also has prevention programs related to dating violence, domestic abuse and stalking. All calls are kept confidential.

Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness
This organization provides education and training to the community as well as referrals to additional resources available for victims of relationship abuse in Santa Clara County.

The Domestic Violence Project of Silicon Valley
This website has a link to a victim's handbook that contains information on violence in relationships, a detailed explanation of your options and the criminal justice system as well as additional resources available in Santa Clara County.

Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence (408) 279-2962
For more than 36 years, Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence has healed lives shattered and beaten by abusive relationships, and has grown into Santa Clara County's most comprehensive domestic violence service agency. Next Door offers a 24-hour hotline in English & Spanish, emergency shelter, multi-lingual counseling, group counseling, advocacy, transitional housing, and youth services.

Asian Americans for Community Involvement
This program provides services that address the needs of Asian and Pacific Islander battered women and their children to live free of violence.

Support Network for Battered Women (800) 572-2782 (English/Spanish)
Services include a 24-hour toll-free crisis line, an emergency shelter, counseling, information and referrals, support groups, safety planning, legal services and community education presentations.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233)
Available to callers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and able to provide services in over 150 languages. Hotline advocates are available to answer questions, provide safety planning and information as well as directly connect callers to domestic violence resources available in their local calling area. All calls to the Hotline are anonymous.

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Weapons on Campus

  • All weapons are prohibited on the Stanford Campus. Except for sworn police officers or federal law enforcement officials, it is a felony to bring or possess ANY firearm on any California school, college, or university campus (§626.9 PC). It is also a felony to possess any air gun - including pellet and BB guns that utilize air, CO2, or spring pressure to propel a projectile (§626.10 PC).
  • In addition to firearms, most knives that are capable of inflicting death by stabbing and all straight razors are prohibited. It is a crime to possess a knife with a rigid blade length of over two and one-half inches, or any dirk, dagger, or ice pick.
  • If any person has any of the above listed weapons in either the academic area or a student residence, he or she must immediately remove them from the campus. Although the Stanford Department of Public Safety does not normally store weapons for convenience, it will attempt to facilitate the temporary safekeeping of weapons until permanent arrangements can be made.

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