Domestic Violence Unit


The Newport News Police Department employs two full-time advocates – the NNPD Domestic Violence Team - to bridge the gap between law enforcement and victim support. 

Through victim advocacy and empowerment, the team assists individuals affected by domestic violence in their journey toward safety and stability. They also train officers to help them understand the challenges for people affected by domestic violence and help ensure officers and victims have positive interactions. 

Signs of Domestic Abuse

  • Calls you hurtful names
  • Physically hurts you or has hurt you in the past
  • Tries to isolate you from your family and friends
  • Is frequently jealous
  • Demands to know your whereabouts
  • Intimidates, threatens or frightens you
  • Blames you for everything
  • Forces you to do things that you don't want to do
  • Monitors your social media
  • Doesn't let you access finances
  • Harms or threatens to harm children or pets

Planning a Quick Escape?

  • Pack important documents, like birth certificates, Social Security cards, drivers' license, medical records, immigration or custody papers, etc.
  • Gather any keys, clothing, medicine, favorite toys, pictures and other important items.
  • If possible, have cash, credit cards, gift cards or checks on hand.
  • Create a code word to alert family/friends when you need help.

Want to help someone experiencing domestic violence or learn about preventing domestic violence? visit our Domestic Violence Prevention page for more information. 

Domestic Violence Team

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    Dr. Cheryl Chavers

    Domestic Violence Specialist


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Presentation: Awareness and Response to the Silent Culture of Domestic Abuse

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