Get help before it’s too late, authorities and domestic violence experts say

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A respected Fresno County Sheriff’s Deputy is accused of a brutal crime. Deputy David Raquenio was arrested and charged with felony domestic violence Monday by Clovis Police. He bailed out of jail hours after his arrest.

In light of the arrest, Clovis Police and domestic violence experts say it serves as a reminder to get help when you feel threatened.

Sgt. Jim Munro said it started with a call to dispatch Monday night. It prompted several Clovis Police officers to drive to Raquenio’s home in the Harlan Ranch area.

“Our officers began investigating and after their investigation was complete they determined a crime had occurred,” said Munro.

Raquenio last made headlines in 2016 when he was awarded with the Top Cop award by the Exchange Club of Fresno for saving a car crash victim’s life. He’s been with the sheriff’s office since 2000.

Sonia Medina Pranger, who teaches Studies in Domestic Violence at Fresno Pacific University, said in Fresno County there are a number of resources that are ready-to-go for those in need — like the Marjaree Mason Center and Centro La Familia.

Pranger adds, for those services to continue to provide, people need to support them.

“Victims often feel re-victimized when they go to services and they have these faulty messages about domestic violence. What is helpful is supporting [organizations] to provide resources,” said Pranger.

Munro said Clovis, like many other communities in the Central Valley, deal with domestic violence on a daily basis.

“If we ever got to a point where we did not have to deal with it, that would be a great thing,” said Munro.

Below are a number of organizations and resources available in the Fresno County area:

Marjaree Mason Center

Crisis, shelter and other services for victims and survivors of domestic violence
24-hour crisis line: 559-233-4357

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Crisis hotline for domestic violence victims

Family Justice Center
Fresno Police Department assistance for victims of domestic violence

Centro La Familia
Information for victims and survivors of domestic violence

Fresno State Confidential Advocacy Services
Information for victims of domestic violence
559-278-6796, #1 studentaffairs/victimadvocate

Fresno County Victim Resources
Resources for victims of domestic violence crimes
559-600-2822 departments/district-attorney/victim-resources

Fresno County resources
Community resources for victims and survivors of domestic violence other_community_services.php

Fresno County Batterers Intervention Programs
Fresno County 52-week batterer intervention programs

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) 

List of resources available to domestic violence victims and survivors

California Partnership to End Domestic Violence
Advocacy for domestic violence victims and survivors

The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence

Information for domestic violence victims and survivors

National LGBTQ Institute on Intimate Partner Violence
Information for domestic violence victims and survivors

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