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Domestic violence is a serious issue in our community. Women, children, and men can all suffer the effects of domestic violence. The Rochester Police Department is committed to working with partnering agencies to provide help to all victims of domestic violence.
More than just physical abuse
Domestic violence is a pattern of abuse by which an abuser seeks to gain power and control over an intimate partner. An abuser uses a variety of tactics to gain that power and control, including:
- Isolation of the victim from loved ones
- Financial deprivation
- Destruction of property and pets
- Psychological/emotional abuse
- Threats of or actual physical harm to the victim or to his or her children
A red flag should be raised if you recognize any of these signs in your relationship or that of a family member, friend, co-worker or neighbor.
Commitment to help
All victims of domestic violence are entitled to prompt and professional service from members of the Rochester Police Department. We are committed to assisting you from the moment that we receive your call.
We will be aggressive in pursuing those who bring pain and suffering in the guise of “love.” We understand that you may be experiencing a range of emotions from anger to despair and helplessness, from frustration to outright terror. Let us help you.
Our Victim Assistance Unit will connect you to agencies that can help you find temporary safe housing, food/clothing for you and your children, legal assistance and counseling.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing signs of domestic violence, please don’t hesitate to make the call. A life may depend on it.