Domestic Violence Unit

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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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Trauma-Informed Approach

The Cambridge Police have established a workplace culture that focuses on the impacts of trauma on law enforcement staff, as well as the public being served, through consistent recognition of the signs and impacts of trauma. It provides support, skills, and strategies to manage staff trauma, promote well-being and resiliency of staff, and actively works to avoid re-victimization/retraumatization of victims when they are engaged in the criminal justice system. Read more. 

Contact Info

Telephone: 617-349-9764

Commanding Officer: Deputy Superintendent Fred Cabral

Unit Supervisor: Sergeant Michael Medeiros, 617-349-9764

Unit Detectives: Detective Sarah Drewicz, 617-349-9362
                            Detective Matthew Grassi, 617-349-3283
                            Detective Christine Shaw, 617-349-3120

Victim/Witness Advocate: Alyssa Donovan, 617-349-3371


Visiting CPD

Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-12pm

Cambridge Police Department

Christine Elow
Police Commissioner

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Cambridge MA 02142