How do I find help for a domestic violence situation?

If you're in immediate danger, call 911, NOW! Domestic violence is a pattern of controlling, abusive behavior - emotional, sexual, or physical. It is a pattern that can be prevented and it can be stopped. It is something that can happen to anyone. Call police for help.

 Officers can: 

  • protect you from immediate danger and help you and your children
  • arrest the abuser without a warrant when there is probable cause to believe that an assault has taken place or is taking place or that the abuser has violated a protection order.

Officers will also:

  • advise you of Domestic Violence Services, including shelter programs. 
  • write out a police report, which is a detailed account of what happened to you.

 A police report can be used to help prove the abuse occurred which may be helpful in a variety of court hearings including a Protection Order hearing.

If you would like to learn more about Domestic Violence and some of the resources available to assist victims of abuse, visit the resources located on the

City Prosecutor's Office page.

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