The Domestic Violence Unit serves as a liaison among the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), the US Attorney's Office, other law enforcement agencies, victim service agencies, victim advocates and the community in the Washington, D.C. area. The unit conducts ongoing community outreach and education, provides ongoing training for the members of MPD, and monitors the activities of the District Domestic Violence Investigators and District Patrol Officers. The unit has direct supervision of the Domestic Violence Intake Center Officers and their investigations. The Domestic Violence Unit is part of the MPD's Investigative Services Bureau, Criminal Investigations Division, Special Investigations Branch.
The following information is part of a series funded by the MPDC under a grant from the Violence Against Women Grants Office, US Department of Justice. It was written with the help of individuals working at My Sister's Place, a shelter offering a 24-hour hotline and counseling for battered women and their children:
- What Is Domestic Violence?
- Who Are the Victims of Domestic Violence?
- Who Are the Abusers?
- The Cycle of Violence
- The Non-Violence Wheel
- Myths and Facts about Domestic Violence
- Where to Turn for Help
- Helping a Friend Who Is Being Abused
- The Police Can Help in Domestic Violence Situations
- Keeping Yourself Safe with a Safety Plan
- Keeping Yourself Safe with Protection Orders
- Domestic Violence Intake Center
- Domestic Violence Resources
- Sexual Assault Resources
- Domestic Violence Literature and Resources
- Resources for Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (PD 378-A)[PDF]
For additional domestic violence information:
Domestic Violence Unit
300 Indiana Avenue, NW, Room 3156
Phone: (202) 727-7137
Fax: (202) 727-6491