The Domestic Violence
Unit is a
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
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 it does–and when it does, there is help.
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
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
Our goal is to intervene
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
Our liaisons, trained in direct on-scene
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
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
officers and the community in educating them in the
victimization process and recognizing the needs and rights of
Note: “We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, and age in the delivery of services.”