Domestic Violence Unit

Domestic violence is a serious national problem that affects millions of households. Domestic Violence crosses all cultural, racial, and economic boundaries. Although men can be victims of domestic violence, the vast majority of victims are women and children. Domestic violence accounts for more injuries to women treated at hospital emergency rooms in this country than any other cause. FBI statistics reveal that 25% of all murders nationwide are the result of domestic violence and that 30% of female homicide victims are killed by their husbands or boyfriends.

The Dover Police Department recommends the following:

  • Report an act of violence to the police
    • If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
    • To report a past occurrence of violence call the Dover Police Department at 508-785-1130.

Don’t be afraid that you will be required to press charges. The police, by law, will make the decision to arrest or not arrest based on their investigation. The decision is not up to the victim. Do not be reluctant to call the police out of fear that your spouse will be arrested. Studies have shown that when the police arrest a suspect for domestic violence, the offender is less likely to batter the victim again.

Develop a safety plan and support network for assistance if needed. Read the information provided below for more on safety plans and available resources.

Help and resources are available to victims of domestic violence.


Officer Nicole Bratcher
Dover Police Domestic Violence Officer