Domestic Violence is one of the most serious crimes affecting our society today. The effects on victims, children, and our community can be devastating.
Under Indiana Code 35-42-2-1.3, Domestic Battery is defined as follows:
Class A Misdemeanor: Battery with injury committed against a victim by an offender who is or was a spouse, who is or was living as if a spouse, or who has a child in common with the victim.
Class D Felony: Domestic Battery by a person previously convicted of domestic battery (or “domestic violence” under I.C. 35-42-2-1(a)(2)(E) before its repeal).
The primary objective in responding to domestic violence calls is to de-escalate violent situations, to protect victims, to reduce officer injury, to reduce repeat calls, to enforce the law against violators, to effect community safety, and to facilitate prosecution, where applicable. The purpose of responding to these calls is also to protect the victim and summon emergency medical care if needed, and to further protect the victim by informing her/him of community resources available such as shelter facilities and support programs.
The overall message to our community regarding domestic violence it this: If you are a victim of domestic violence, we want to help you get out of your difficult situation. Many times the answers aren’t as easy for victims as “just leave.” We want to help you get out and stay out through the available resources of our community and the criminal justice system.
If you are a perpetrator of domestic violence our message is this: Physically abuse your spouse, child or significant other and you will go to jail. The Greensburg Police Department is committed to presenting strong cases against perpetrators of domestic violence to help secure a successful prosecution.