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Domestic Violence Unit

The Domestic Violence Unit investigates domestic related assaults and abuse incidents. Detectives assigned to the DVU investigate all reported incidents of domestic violence reported to the Cambridge Police Department, including intimate partner violence, violence among family or household members and some physical child abuse cases. Additionally, a civilian Victim Advocate helps survivors find and obtain a multitude of available services in the community (shelter, counseling, legal services, health centers, etc.). The advocate is also available to discuss safety planning with victims as well as help them understand the criminal justice process and their legal rights, including how to obtain a restraining order.

For information on the services offered by the department and the resources available to victims and offenders, visit our Domestic Violence Resources page.

Domestic Violence Laws

Chapter 209A of the General Laws of Massachusetts deals with abuse between intimate partners, family or household members.
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Chapter 265, Section 43 of the General Laws of Massachusetts addresses the crime of stalking. This law was amended in August, 2000 to add Section 43A - "An Act Relative to the Crime of Criminal Harassment."
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Chapter 35 of the Acts of 2002 addresses the crimes of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.
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