The Kissimmee Police Department responds to Domestic Violence calls throughout the year. We want to educate citizens about this on-going problem and let them know how they can help to prevent, reduce and report these types of incidents.
Domestic violence affects families of all religious, economic and educational backgrounds. Domestic Violence occurs every 15 seconds. Each year, two million women are assaulted by their partners. Between 2,000 and 4,000 women in the United States are beaten to death annually.
Domestic Violence does not only affect the partners in a relationship (husband, wife, boyfriend, or girlfriend) it also affects the children, relatives, friends, pets, schools, and work place.
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic Violence is a serious crime. It includes behaviors like pushing, grabbing, poking, pinching, hitting, punching, and threats to cause harm. It includes being attacked in any unwanted way.
Persons who may be included in a domestic violence case include:
- husband or wife
- boyfriend or girlfriend
- parent or child
- family members
- someone you have lived with, in a family situation
Could you be a victim?
If you find yourself saying yes to any of the following questions - it's time to get help.
Does the abuser:
- Destroy personal property or sentimental items?
- Constantly accuse you of being unfaithful?
- Hit, punch, slap, kick, or bite you or the children?
- Prevent you from working or going to school?
- Anger easily when drinking alcohol or taking drugs?
- Humiliate you in front of others?
Where can you go for assistance?
- Call law enforcement. Assault, by anyone including a member of the family is a crime. The police have information about shelters and other agencies that help victims of Domestic Violence.
- Leave, or have someone stay with you. Go to a domestic violence shelter or call the crisis hotline at 1.800.799.SAFE (7233)
Domestic Violence is a Crime
The Kissimmee Police Department has a Domestic Violence Unit. If you are in need of assistance or you know someone who needs help, please call for more information. The Domestic Violence Coordinator can be reached at 407.847.0176 ext. 3234 or send an e-mail to KPDAdvocate
The Kissimmee Police Department is partnering with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in protecting the public and ensuring that the rights of victims are carefully observed. HSI administers the Victim Notification Program which allows eligible victims and witnesses to obtain reliable and timely information regarding a criminal alien's release from custody. Victims and witnesses are required to register with HSI in order to receive the information. Victims and witnesses can register by clicking the following link: HSI Victim Notification Program.