Domestic Violence Unit
The responsibility of the Domestic Violence Unit is to investigate domestic violence cases, assist victims of domestic violence, hold suspects accountable for their criminal actions based on probable cause and to work toward the prevention of domestic violence. This will be accomplished by using proactive police tactics, problem-solving techniques, community education and by partnerships with community agencies that provide assistance to victims and their families.
Some of the offenses that our Domestic Violence Unit handles include but are not limited to: Felony Assaults, Assault by Strangulation, Assault by Pointing a Gun, Stalking/Cyberstalking, 1st & 2nd Degree Kidnappings, Felonious Restraint, Restraining Order Violations, and Habitual Misdemeanor Assault Cases.
The Domestic Violence Unit focuses primarily on Intimate Partner Violence where the relationship between the victim and the suspect is that of a current or former spouse or a current or former dating partner.
The Domestic Violence Unit is made up of one sergeant, six detectives, four victim advocates and an investigative technician. Detectives and victim advocates work in a coordinated effort to utilize available community resources to assist victims of domestic violence in breaking the cycle of abuse.
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic Violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse. Domestic Violence affects individuals in every community regardless of age, gender, race, economic status, sexual orientation, religion, or nationality. It affects millions of people in the United States each year. Nationally, it is reported that one in four women and one in seven men have been victims of severe physical violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime. On average, nearly twenty people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. In one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.
Common signs of abusive behavior in a partner might include:
- Destroying your belongings in your home.
- Threatening you with weapons like guns, knives, or bats.
- Insulting your parenting or making threats to harm or take away your children or pets.
- Intimidating you through threatening looks or gestures.
- Pressuring you to use drugs or alcohol.
- Pressuring you to have sex or perform sexual acts that you are not comfortable with.
- Controlling household finances without discussion, including taking your money or refusing to provide money for necessary expenses.
- Preventing you from working or attending school.
- Insulting, demeaning, or shaming you in, especially in front of other people.
- Preventing you or keeping you from spending time with friends and family.
- Showing extreme jealousy of time spent with friends away from them.
- Telling you that you never do anything right.
Are you involved in an abusive relationship?
Abuse does not have to be physical. Many abusers first use mental or emotional tactics before they become physically abusive. You may be in an abusive relationship if he or she:
Local Domestic Violence Resources
- Is jealous or possessive toward you.
- Tries to control you by being very bossy or demanding.
- Is violent and loses his or her temper quickly
- Pressures you sexually.
- Abuses drugs or alcohol.
- Blames you when he or she mistreats you.
- Has a history of bad relationships
- Believes men should be in control and powerful, while women should be passive and submissive.
- Your family and friends have warned you about the person or told you that they are concerned for your safety.
- You worry about how he or she will react to things you say or do.
Other important numbers to know:
CMPD Domestic Violence Unit
Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office
- Clyde and Ethel Dickson Domestic Violence Shelter
(Emergency shelter for victims and their children)
- Victim Assistance Court Program
(Assistance with Domestic Violence Protective Orders)
- Greater Charlotte Hope Line
(24 Hour Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Parenting Support Hotline)
Mecklenburg County Community Support Services(Domestic Violence counseling for victims and their children, support groups, services for domestic violence offenders)
NC SAVAN(North Carolina Statewide Automated Victim Assistance and Notification)
Legal Aid of North Carolina – Charlotte Office
Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy
Department of Social Services (Child Protective Services)
Community Link (Travelers Aid)
For additional information please contact the Domestic Violence Unit at 704-336-2379. To report domestic violence in progress, call 911.