Constable Ron Hickman

Domestic Violence & Victims Assistance

Domestic Violence
The Domestic Violence Unit is a specialized division which falls under Victim's Assistance, and has similar duties. Whereas the Victims Assistance deals with the victims of all crimes after the fact, the Domestic Violence Unit targets domestic violence incidents and will respond to those calls in progress. This allows them to conduct an on-the-scene evaluation of the situation and to assist the complainant in the filing of protective orders, charges and compensation claims as needed. They also offer referral to resources within the community.

Due to the alarming frequency in Harris County, family violence is the number one cause of injury to women. No one should have to endure family violence. No one. Ever. Period. But unfortunately victims assistanceit does–and when it does, there is help. The Harris County Pct. 4 Constable's Office, Victim Assistance/Family Violence Unit was established in 1994 to combat this problem.

Maybe you have first hand experience as a victim of domestic violence, maybe you have a friend, co-worker or neighbor who is being abused right now. Who ever you are, where ever you are, we want you to know that you do not have to put up with the abuse and you are capable of living a life free of violence.

Our goal is to intervene where violence has occurred by placing a priority on victims' safety and promoting a community wide response to reduce violence against women. The Constable's Department approaches these concerns in several different ways. First, with the criminal justice system by making lawful arrests of batterers. Secondly, with the victim by providing an immediate response and crisis intervention with emotional support, counseling referrals, and alternatives to the violence. Thirdly, in the community with public awareness and education in the prevention of family violence. Family Violence is a criminal offense and prosecuted like any other violent crime!

Victims Assistance
Our liaisons, trained in direct on-scene contact and victimization, assist victims of violent crimes and domestic abuse by directing victims through the compensation application process, intervening on behalf of the victim and their families to employers, and by keeping them informed of the status of the investigation and legal process. They also refer clients to counselors specifically trained in these services and intercede with health care providers. They strive to return the victim to a pre-incident level of functionality and reduce the overall impact of the incident on the victim and their family. Their secondary goal is to increase educational awareness that results in enhanced concern for the areas of victimization.

As a victim of a crime, you may experiencing psychological and emotional trauma. The Harris County Precinct 4 Victim Assistance Program is committed to restoring the respect and dignity of crime victims through crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy, education, information and referral. Every effort will be made to provides services to individuals who request assistance from law enforcement.

Addressing the needs of a victim will in turn facilitate the victim's' and witness's' willingness and ability to cooperate with the Criminal Justice System in the investigation and prosecution of the crimes.

Special consideration is also directed to law enforcement officers and the community in educating them in the victimization process and recognizing the needs and rights of crime victims.

Note: “We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, and age in the delivery of services.”

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