What is domestic violence*?
Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.
The Family Services Unit at the Fitchburg Police Department employs an advocate who provides services for the victims of domestic violence within the City of Fitchburg. Services provided by the unit are crisis intervention, risk assessment, referrals to community services, educational services relating to 209A rights and options, and record keeping. The Domestic Violence Advocate works closely with Battered Women’s Resources, Inc and Safeplan to provide a complete support system for the victim. Court Advocacy is also offered to the victims to help aide in holding the offender accountable by full prosecution. The Fitchburg Police Department is committed to achieving a community free of domestic violence.
Family Services Unit #978-343-4551 x265. More information and phone numbers listed in the Forms & Documents Tab -- under Family Services Unit.
In 2013, 19%, or nearly one fifth, of all arrests were related to domestic violence. Approximately one third of all reported assault offenses both simple and aggravated are connected to domestic violence.