On Oct. 8 the Rohnert Park City Council recognized October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence is a crime that affects many families in our local community. Our Public Safety officers are committed to protecting all victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence affects people of all races, sexes, ages, sexual orientations, and income levels including college students and children. Children are the silent victims of domestic violence – witnessing abuse is traumatic and confusing for them.
Stopping the cycle of domestic violence requires a coordinated effort between the criminal justice system, agencies that provide services to victims and the courage of survivors. The City’s Public Safety officers take domestic violence, like all other types of abuse, very seriously and often refer victims to the YWCA Sonoma County. The not-for-profit community organization works to empower, educate, advocate and provide safe shelter to victims of domestic violence.
YWCA Sonoma County strives to inform the community to end the cycle of domestic violence. Overall, the Department of Public Safety has seen a three percent decrease in reported cases of domestic violence in 2019 (compared to 2018 year-over-year data). Although that data might not seem significant, it is a positive step in the fight against domestic violence.
As a victim of domestic violence your rights include:
Request an Emergency Protection Order. Your attacker can be restrained from any contact with you and ordered to move out immediately.
Request a Temporary Restraining Order from court that could prohibit the attacker from possessing firearms.
For more information about Victims’ Bill of Rights visit the County of Sonoma Office of the District Attorney’s website.
If you or a loved one is a victim or potential victim of family violence, the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety is available to assist you and your family. To report urgent domestic violence crime call 9-1-1 or to file a report call 584-2600.
It’s the time of year for Fall Curbside Cleanup. The leaves are falling, the seasons are changing and now is a great time to properly dispose of any built-up clutter before the holidays. Recology Sonoma Marin will be performing a curbside cleanup event the week of October 14 – 18. Residential customers may place items at the curb by 6 a.m. on your regularly scheduled service day. All items (excluding appliances & furniture) must weigh less than 60 pounds. Yard trimmings must be bundled. Each residence is allowed:
14 bags, boxes, or cans of refuse OR,
7 bags, boxes, or cans of refuse AND 1 bulky item OR,
2 bulky items
To schedule a pick up for bulky items (including appliances, furniture and carpet), call Recology at (800) 243-0291). Freon containing appliances like refrigerators and freezers will be charged a $30 fee. Visit recology.com for more information.