Civilian Domestic Violence Program
Statistics help us to see that domestic violence in prevelent in many homes across the nation. The Dedham Police Department has always taken this very seriously and takes an attentive and unique approach to try to assist those who are affected to get help. The Department continues to be a leader in providing safety and information to victims of domestic violence. As a pro-active department, the DPD is committed to responding to those calls with caution, care and empathy and understands that not only are the victims affected but the children as well. Statistics also reveal that children who witness violence are significantly more likely to suffer emotional trauma which if not addressed can lead to suffering emotional trauma, addictions, emotional disorders, anxiety and decreased self esteem.
Continuing with a long time relationship with the DOVE Program, the Civilian Domestic Violence Advocate from DOVE reaches out to all victims named in domestic violence reports to offer support, information on rights, navigation through the legal system, resources in the community and will review available options with each victim. This Advocate also assists in the restraining order process at Dedham District Court every Friday.
Domestic Violence High Risk Indicators
- Perpetrator threatenss or fantasizes of homicide/ suicide
- Threats ot harm the victims children
- Financial Controls
- Violence is increasing or becoming unpredictable
- No choice when it comes to having sex
- Strangulation or attempted strangulation
- Access or ownership of weapons
- Extreme violence to victim
- Victim believes the perpetrator will kill them
- Hostage taking or kidnapping
- Threat to kidnap
- Any type of substance abuse
- Violence to animals
- Stalking behaviors
There are many signs of an abusive personality with only few of them being physical. If you recognize any of the above indicators or feel they are present in your relationship, you could be in danger. There are people who you can speak with at the Dedham Police Department and DOVE. Please contact the Civilian Domestic Violence Advocate at 617-653-4226 if you have questions or need assistance.