Even though people in Del Norte County have been reporting domestic violence at a staggering rate, most abuse is suffered in secrecy.
Native American communities are disproportionately affected.
While Native people make up about 10 percent of Del Norte’s general population, they are consistently at least 25 percent of the victim caseload for the county’s major service providers and the state court system.
Native children are a lot more likely to be included in referrals to the county’s department for Child Welfare Services, according to agency data analyzed from 2009-2012.
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