Domestic Violence Reduction Program Begins In Central District

May 13, 2008

The Mesa Police Department is dedicated to providing the type of service that improves the safety and quality of life for Mesa residents, businesses and visitors.

It is unfortunate that some of the crime committed in Mesa involves domestic violence. The Mesa Police Department is well aware of this reality and is approaching the problem in a proactive manner by providing victims with educational information related to domestic violence and support at the scene of domestic violence incidents. You often hear the cliché, “knowledge is power” and this is certainly true in situations of domestic violence. Isolation from family and friends, the denial to be employed, and threats of deportation are all very common tactics used for controlling the information accessed by victims. The Domestic Violence Reduction Pilot Project will be a way of improving the knowledge and power of a victim. It is often said that a person will leave a violent relationship 7 to 8 times before permanently leaving the potentially deadly situation.

The program began in the Central Patrol Division on May 1, 2008. The Domestic Violence Reduction Pilot Program will work towards addressing situations involving domestic violence at an earlier stage, in hopes of reducing recidivism and the likelihood of more violent crimes in the future. The Mesa Police Department's Victim Assistance Volunteer Program requires a volunteer to complete approximately 40 hours of training in a variety of areas and will continue to support all types of victims in all areas of Mesa. The Domestic Violence Reduction Pilot Project will be made available to other patrol districts as the number of volunteers in the Victim Assistance Program increases.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, information and support can be accessed by contacting “A New Leaf” East Valley Crisis Hotline at (480) 835-5555 or (800) 799-7739.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Mesa Police Department's Victim Assistance Program or have questions about the Project, please contact Amy Martinez, Victim Assistance Volunteer Coordinator at (480) 644-4025.



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