As many people that live in Verano have discovered, living in a close community like graduate housing means that you can often hear the many comings and goings and day to day sounds of your neighbors. While much of this can be chalked up to normal community living sounds, there are some things that should not be ignored if heard or seen. Among these include the very real possibility of domestic violence.
Domestic violence can come in many forms, from the telltale sound of shouting, to items being thrown, or physical violence. If you hear ANYTHING that could be considered domestic violence, it’s important to report it. Don’t wait for it to stop, don’t wait for it to happen again; if you hear or see something, say something. If you are unsure, it’s always better to be safe and report it than wish that you had later.
So what can you do? If you think domestic violence is occurring, call 911. Provide them with as much information as possible, including but not limited to:
The location of the incident
What you hear or see
If you believe there are injuries (for EMS response)
If it’s in a car or involving vehicles, report the license plate number
Any description of people you can see are involved
If you see or hear things and are concerned, make sure to document the situation. This does not require that you intervene directly, but your information and/or reporting could save lives.
For more information about domestic violence, see what UCI CARE has to offer: