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What is a domestic violence follow up?
A domestic violence follow up is contact with an individual who has received assistance from law enforcement, related to a Domestic Violence complaint/incident. When law enforcement initially responds, they investigate and take appropriate action at that time.
Within a few days, following this initial contact, the responding law enforcement agency and/or the Oxford County domestic violence investigator, who works with the local municipal police departments in Oxford County, will contact the alleged victim.
The purposes of this contact is to meet with the individual to determine and address any safety concerns, provide resources and establish if any further evidence such as – photographs, written statements, and/or medical records, can/need to be collected.
Law enforcement will also take this opportunity to discuss the options of a Protection from Abuse Order and provide information and contact for local domestic violence services, such as Safe Voices.
Safe Voices advocates can assist with answering questions regarding filing for a protection from abuse order and the final hearing process. They can also provide further information, support and assistance for other services such as, emergency shelter.
As most offenders will have no contact bail conditions prohibiting them from having any direct or indirect contact with the individual, which may also include their not being at the individuals residence; law enforcement will investigate to find out if any bail conditions have been violated, since the incident.
The domestic violence investigator will provide the individual with direct contact numbers to call at anytime for advice relating to his or her domestic violence case, and encourage them to contact law enforcement if any further criminal activity, bail violations and/or protection from abuse violations occur.
For more information about the Oxford County Domestic Violence Task Force and/or the Paint the County Purple Campaign, contact- email@example.com or call 364-9908.
For more information about Safe Voices, check out their website at, www.safevoices.org.
If you are looking for information and/or support, for yourself or someone else, you can call their 24-hour helpline at 1-800-559-2927.