Fresno Police Department
The Fresno Police Department is dedicated to helping Domestic Violence Victims. The Police Department established a Family Justice Center concept to join agencies together at one location with one common goal: to help domestic violence victims. Ten detectives, one supervisor, and one administrative clerk staff the unit. The collaborating staff includes two advocates from the Marjaree Mason Center and a Child Protective Services worker. The staff primarily works Monday through Friday 7 am to 5 pm. The general office telephone number is 621-2225. Messages left over the weekend or after hours are retrieved during normal working hours.
If you have a domestic violence emergency, you should immediately call 9-1-1.
The Domestic Violence Unit recognizes the negative effects domestic violence has on the victim, the abuser, the children, the family, and our community. We are committed to addressing this issue as a serious crime. Our mission is to investigate each case and to deal with each person in a compassionate and professional manner.
Realizing that the people we contact may be in need of services beyond law enforcement, we will provide resources, referrals and information to our clients. Interaction between the Domestic Violence Unit and other agencies to assist in this process is part of our mission.
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior where one partner tries to maintain control of the other using physical force, intimidation, threats, isolation from family and friends, humiliation, financial control, destruction of property and more.
Help for Victims
If you are injured or in danger, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Domestic Violence does not stop without action. Help can take the form of prosecution for a criminal offense with court-mandated treatment.
Two Marjaree Mason Center advocates also work in the Domestic Violence Unit. They provide confidential help to victims, family, friends and co-workers about domestic violence and help with such services as:
- Counseling referrals
- Restraining orders
- Finding a safe place to stay
- Court assistance
- Safety planning
- Criminal justice system information
The advocates can be contacted at 621-2233 or 621-2236. For more information about confidential help visit the Marjaree Mason Center web site at www.mmcenter.org.
Children exposed to domestic violence learn to believe that domestic violence is normal, and they frequently grow up to be abusers or victims. In January 2009 the Police Department formed a Children Exposed to Domestic Violence Team focusing on cases of Domestic Violence involving children. A child services worker is available at the police department to help break this cycle of violence. Wanda Burrow, MSW, may be contacted by phone at 621-2237 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
An advocate from Central California Legal Services works in the domestic violence unit to help victims obtain restraining orders. Please call 570-1200 for an appointment. Free Restraining Order information is available through the following legal service agencies or online.
Central California Legal Services (559) 570-1200 www.centralcallegal.org