If you are being hurt and feel that you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1!
If you would like to speak to the Domestic Violence Coordinator, call 804-501-5732. If no one answers, leave a message and the Domestic Violence Coordinator will return your call. You may also email the Domestic Violence Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors used by one person in a relationship to control the other. Behaviors may include emotional, financial, or psychological abuse.
Other examples of domestic violence include:
- Name calling or putdowns
- Keeping a partner from contacting family or friends
- Withholding money
- Actual or threatened physical harm
- Actual or threatened sexual harm
- Making threats
- Preventing a partner from getting or keeping a job
Certain forms of abuse may be criminal such as domestic assault, sexual assault, or stalking.
Domestic assault: a sudden, violent attack that may involve grabbing, pushing, kicking, hitting, or threatening physical harm to a spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend, child, or other family or household member.
Sexual assault: an unlawful physical attack upon another person, pertaining to or for sex, with or without battery, but may include sexually abusing a person against that person’s will, with the use of force, threat, or intimidation.
Stalking: to pursue or proceed in a steady, deliberate, or sinister manner, placing a person in fear of sexual assault, bodily injury, or death with repeated actions that may include following someone, sending numerous emails or texts, calling repeatedly or sending unwanted gifts or letters.
Anyone can be a victim.
Victims can be of any age, race, culture, education, sex, religion, employment, or relationship status. Children and pets in homes where abuse exists are more likely to be abused and/or neglected. Even if children are not physically harmed, they may have emotional and behavioral problems.
If you think you may be being abused; if you think you may be abusive; if you know someone being abused; or if you know someone who is abusive please contact the agencies listed in the link below:
If you have been the victim of a crime or have witnessed a crime, your participation in the criminal justice process is important.
The Commonwealth Attorney’s Office has a Victim Witness Assistance Program to help you deal with the complexities of our criminal justice system. The staff of this program will advise you of your rights, inform you of the status of your case, and let you know what resources are available to help you. Thank you for your cooperation. With your help, we can do our best to bring justice to your case.