The California Report recently reported on a 2013 case of domestic violence in which the alleged abuser was a Clovis police officer. Though that particular instance occurred six years ago, domestic violence remains commonplace in the San Joaquin Valley—in fact, local law enforcement agencies warned in May that cases appear to be increasing. The warning came after a Fresno nurse was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend.
One organization on the front lines of domestic violence is the Marjaree Mason Center, a Fresno non-profit offering services and safe houses for survivors. In this interview, Executive Director Nicole Linder speaks about what’s been happening lately, why law enforcement and communities like hers are so concerned, and what some local groups are doing to address and prevent domestic abuse.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of domestic violence, you can call the Marjaree Mason Center’s 24-hour, confidential hotline, 559-233-4357 (HELP), or the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-7233.