Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Help Available

Afraid, Isolated, Confused? You are not Alone.

What Help is Available for Victims of Domestic Violence?

What to expect from the Police

The job of the police officer responding to domestic violence incidents is to:


If the police are called for a domestic incident, they must respond even if you or someone else calls back to cancel.

To maximize their safety and the safety of others, at the location of the incident, the Police will:
At the location of the incident, Police must also complete a domestic incident report, also called a DIR. As part of this process, Police will:
Don’t assume that:
If you are not satisfied

You are entitled to be treated with dignity and respect by everyone, including the Police. You may have concerns with how the Police treated you, or how they responded to calls for assistance from you or on your behalf. For example: