Domestic Violence Unit
The Taylor Police Department has a separate unit devoted strictly to domestic violence and family matters. A detective, a Wayne County prosecutor and a victim’s advocate, work daily as a team to prosecute batterers and assist victims of domestic violence.
Michigan statutes define domestic violence as “an individual who assaults or assaults and batters his or her spouse or former spouse, an individual with whom he or she has had a child in common, or a resident or former resident of the same household, or an individual with whom you’ve had an intimate relationship.”
Some examples of domestic violence are:
- Physical assault such as hitting, pushing and biting.
- Sexual assault.
- Threats and intimidation
- There are other forms of abuse that are not considered criminal. These include:
- Emotional abuse, i.e., put downs, name calling, and mind games.
- Isolation from family or friends.
- Economic abuse such as withholding money, and being prevented from getting a job.
Children growing up in an abusive home also suffer. Problems such as poor school performance, aggressive relationships with peers and siblings, and a lack of self-esteem can develop. Children are likely to believe that abuse is a normal part of adult behavior. Boys commonly become abusers themselves, while girls commonly become victims of an abusive relationship.
How to Report Domestic Violence to Police
If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1 or ask a neighbor to call if you are unable. If you are not in immediate danger but wish to report the incident, call the Taylor Police Department non-emergency number (734) 287-6611, or come to the Taylor Police Department. This should be done as soon as possible after the incident to preserve evidence. You should also seek medical attention for any injuries you may have suffered.