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.
You can go online and learn more about all 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.
Talk to a friend or family member. Here on the Peninsula, Transitions Family Violence Services located in Hampton also serves Newport News and provides extensive services from emergency shelter to counseling. You can reach them by calling (757) 723-7774. Learn more about Transitions by visiting www.transitionsfvs.com. Or, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE).
At the Newport News Police Department, our 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. We are committed to eradicating domestic violence in our neighborhoods 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.