Responding to a domestic disturbance call can be one of the most dangerous and volatile calls a police officer gets. And, unfortunately, they are very common. Last year alone, the Newport News Police Department responded to over 8,800 domestic violence or domestic assault calls.
With some online searching, you can learn about all of the different types of domestic abuse and what to do should you fear your relationship is abusive. Often times there are non-violent signs that may indicate a person has the potential to be dangerous or violent. There are resources available for those currently experiencing domestic violence or who may be in a situation where they might experience domestic violence. Before things get out of hand, reach out and seek help.
Here on the Peninsula, Transitions Family Violence Services provides extensive services from emergency shelter to counseling. You can reach Transitions by calling 723-7774 or visiting www.transitionsfvs.com
. The National Domestic Violence Hotline also offers support for victims at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or www.thehotline.org
Newport News Police Officers receive extensive training on responding to domestic-related calls. The goal is to assure that everyone is safe and that the person being abused or potentially abused receives the help they need. NNPD is committed to eradicating domestic violence in the community and assisting victims of domestic violence escape dangerous situations. Because of the profound and serious consequences of these crimes for our society as a whole, we must all work together to ensure victim safety.