City of Collegedale

Domestic Violence Help

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Here to Help

Domestic violence is considered a serious crime by the Collegedale Police Department. Our detectives have received specialized training in this area. Our investigators will: 

  • Aim to intervene to prevent escalation of violence 
  • Assist victim with court appearances
  • Be good listeners and take complaints seriously
  • Reduce the costs of domestic violence to the community
  • Reduce the incidence of injury and death
  • Refer victims for counseling, shelter, or other services
  • Work with victims to gather evidence for successful prosecution 
If you or someone you love is a victim, please seek help.

Domestic Violence Facts 

  • A woman is battered every 12 seconds in the United States. 
  • Battering is the single major cause of injury to American women, more than muggings, rape, and auto accidents combined.
  • Domestic violence occurs across all socioeconomic and demographic boundaries.
  • Each year, more than 4,000 women are killed by their husbands or lovers. 
  • Men commit 95% of all domestic assaults.
  • The annual cost of domestic violence in the United States is estimated to be $67 billion. 
  • The abuser often maintains a public image as a friendly, caring, family man. Friends or family may believe the victim is exaggerating when she reports abuse. 
  • Women are at 75% greater risk of death or injury when they leave the abusive relationship.
If You Leave

The safety of victims and children is our greatest concern. We realize that danger increases when victims attempt to leave an abusive relationship. When leaving, the victim should:

  • Be aware of safe places where to go.
  • Know how to get a protective order. 
  • Place the following items with a trusted friend, relative, or where the abuser cannot find them: 
    • $50 or more in cash 
    • Extra house/car keys
    • Important papers such as: 
      • Abuser’s date of birth / social security number
      • Bank account numbers 
      • Birth certificates for victim and children
      • Check book 
      • Insurance policies
      • Marriage license
      • Social Security number 
    • Important phone numbers 
    • Medications
    • Small bag with clothing for victim and children
    • Sentimental valuables 
Do not tell the abuser where the victim is going.