Domestic violence is more than just a “family problem”; it is a crime. The Paris Police Department recognizes that domestic violence is a major problem throughout the United States. Each year, more than two million women are victims of domestic violence, and one million children are physically abused.

In Tennessee, it is a crime for any person to threaten, beat, sexually assault or otherwise harm another person, even if they are married. Battering is not exclusively a crime against women, but they are the majority affected.

One of every two families in the United States is involved in domestic violence at some time. Domestic violence is a repetitive pattern in people’s lives. Victims or witnesses of domestic violence in childhood are mostly likely to repeat such acts as adults.

If you believe you are the victim of an abusive relationship or domestic violence, then call the police and allow us to assist you the victim. As the responding officers are in route to your address remember that they are there to help you and your children. Below is but a few of the issues that the officers will address and what you can expect.

When the Police Arrive:

• Tell what has happened and who is involved.
• Tell the location of the suspect. (If known)
• Tell if weapons were involved and the location of the weapon. (Don’t approach the officer with a weapon)
• Indicate injuries you sustained. (Photos may have to be taken)

The Officer Will:

• Write a report of the incident that occurred.
• The officer will ask and /or determine if medical attention is needed.
• The officer will determine who the primary aggressor is and a arrest will be made.