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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 Click here and go to Google quickly. 
  • 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.

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Important Telephone Numbers and Partner Websites

If you are being threatened or are in immediate danger, CALL 911.

Alternatives for Battered Women 24-Hour Hotline

(585) 232-7353 

(585) 232-1741 TTY 

 RPD Victims Assistance  (business hours) (585) 428-6630 
Advocacy Services for Abused Deaf Victims  24-Hour Hotline

(866) 936-8976 

(585) 232-2854 TTY 

Rape Crisis  24-Hour Hotline (585) 546-2777 
Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley  (585) 244-8640 
Legal Aid Society of Rochester   (585) 232-4090 
 Lifespan-NY Elder Abuse Coalition    (585) 244-8400 
Rochester/Monroe County Domestic Violence Consortium   (585) 428-2215 
Catholic Family Service Refugee Resettlement Services   (585) 546-7220 
 New York State 24-Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotlines

(800) 942-6906 English 

(800) 942-6908 Spanish 

SAATHI of Rochester  

(585) 234-1050 

 Safe Journey   (585) 425-1580 
Society for the Protection & Care of Children    (585) 325-6101 
 NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (business hours) (518) 457-5800 
 VINE (Victim Information and Notification Every Day)   (888) VINE4NY 
Telesca Center for Justice (Empire Justice Center)   (585) 454-4060  
 National Alliance on Mental Illness  

(800) 950-NAMI 

 New York Asian Women's Center  

(888) 888-7702 

 NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence    (518) 482-5465 
Survivors Advocating for Effective Reform     
Stop Family Violence    
 Stalking Resource Center     
 US Department of Justice - Violence Against Women Office    

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