Domestic Violence

Great crowd at the courthouse yesterday evening. The Laurel Center held a candlelight vigil for those victims of domestic violence. Mayor Smith made a proclamation that October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Glad we could be there along with the Winchester Police to support them.

If you have been or feel you are about to be a victim of domestic violence contact the Winchester Police Department immediately by dialing 911. In doing so, you may request a protective order if you have reason to fear an assault by a family or household member. Other information is readily available that will help you in these situations.

A family or household member includes a spouse, regardless of whether or not you live together. Also included are; parents, children, stepparents and stepchildren, brothers and sisters, grandparents, grandchildren and in-laws (if you live in the same home) cohabitants (those who live together) and those who cohabited in the past year and their children; and persons who have parented a child together even if they have never lived together.

Emergency protective orders can be obtained by a law enforcement officer responding to your home or by a magistrate (by telephone or in person). Additional protective orders such as a preliminary protective order and a permanent protective order might be applicable in your situation. Contact the Winchester Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court (540) 667-5770 or the Winchester Victim Witness Coordinator (540) 667-5770 for more information on these important orders of the court. Remember, if you feel your safety or the safety of another is in jeopardy; contact the Winchester Police Department immediately by dialing 911.

Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, Domestic Violence Victims, 1997.

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