Law enforcement and community organizations continue to address a growing number of domestic violence cases. The calls are coming in from areas across Fresno County and beyond. It’s a coordinated effort to help victims and track down wanted abusers. The Marjaree Mason Center tells me right now in Fresno County there are 63-percent more domestic violence calls than the state average.
“If we really start to understand it doesn’t usually go away most often it gets worse,” said Nicole Linder the Executive Director of the Marjaree Mason Center. “It’s a serious significant issue. It’s one most people don’t want to talk about.”
But Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer is talking about it– saying in a news conference this summer– domestic violence and those who commit the crime are on his radar.
“We know at any given time that there are 100 suspects wanted for the crime of domestic violence,” said Chief Dyer.
Chief Dyer says these suspect need to be dealt with because history has shown people can really get hurt.
“Generally within a seven day period there is a high likelihood that that individual will return to that location to further victimize his wife,” said Chief Dyer.
Fresno Police are now dedicating both resources and a sense of urgency to these cases
“On a daily basis seven days a week going after these individuals who are wanted for domestic violence and get them off the streets in those first 48 to 72 hours,” said Chief Dyer.
As officers work the streets, the Marjaree Mason Center hopes victims of domestic violence won’t wait to reach out.
“That people do seek out, they call our hotline, they call law enforcement that they seek the resources they need to break that cycle of abuse before it ends in something so durastic and tragic,” said Linder.
This is a citywide issue as domestic violence calls are coming in from all areas of Fresno.
If you need help you can call the Marjaree Mason Center’s 24 hour hotline at 233-HELP, or visit their website for other resources at mmcenter.org