The crime of domestic violence involves an assault or assault and battery against someone with whom the perpetrator has a special relationship, i.e. a spouse or former spouse, or an individual with whom he or she has or has had a dating relationship, or an individual with whom he or she has a child, or a resident or former resident of his or her household.
The domestic partner may be married or not married; heterosexual, gay or lesbian; living together, separated or dating. Domestic violence occurs in all ages, races, genders and social classes. The violence takes many forms and can happen all the time or once in a while.
Domestic violence does not differentiate between men or women. Either may be a victim of this crime. If you believe that you have been a victim of domestic violence you are urged to contact the Chesterfield Township Police Department.
The crime of domestic violence can result in a misdemeanor or felony conviction. Misdemeanor penalties can include up to 93 days in jail and fines of $500.00 to one year in jail and fines of $1,000.00. A domestic violence felony is punishable by up to 2 years in prison and fines of $2,500.00. Sentencing can be enhanced depending on the criminal history of the perpetrator.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE If you have been a victim of domestic violence and would like information about emergency shelter, counseling and support services, you may contact:
TURNING POINT, INC.
(586) 463-6990 (24-hour crisis line)
CHESTERFIELD POLICE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE POLICY
To provide guidelines for officers responding to incidents of domestic violence, to inform officers of their requirements under the Domestic Violence Act and to establish guidelines, responsibilities and procedures for domestic violence intervention to comply with the Domestic Violence calls statute MCL 776.22. This policy applies to all sworn members of the Chesterfield Township Police Department. It shall be the policy of the police department to adapt the domestic violence law enforcement protocol of the Macomb County Domestic Violence Council of 2009 in its entirety. The policy is available by CLICKING HERE
PERSONAL PROTECTION ORDERS
Your legal rights include the right to go to court and file a petition requesting a Personal Protection Order to protect you and other members of your household from domestic abuse. The Order would restrain or enjoin an individual from one of more of the following:
- Entering onto the premises.
- Assaulting, attacking, beating, molesting or wounding you.
- Threatening to kill or physically injure you.
- Removing minor children from you, except as otherwise authorized by a custody or visitation order issued by a court of competent jurisdiction.
- Purchasing or possessing a firearm.
- Interfering with your efforts to remove your children or personal property from premises that are solely owned or leased by the individual to be restrained.
- Interfering with you at your place of employment or engaging in conduct that impairs your employment relationship or environment.
- Engaging in any other specific act or conduct that imposes upon or interferes with your personal liberty or that causes a reasonable apprehension of violence.
You do not need an attorney to obtain a Personal Protection Order. Forms are available at the Macomb County Clerk’s Office. If you would like assistance, you may contact:
CRIME VICTIMS’ COMPENSATION
If you have experienced financial loss due to personal injury as a result of being a victim of crime, you may apply for Crime Victim’s compensation.
For further information on benefits that may be available to you contact:
CRIME VICTIM SERVICES COMMISSION
320 South Walnut
Lansing, MI 48913
or contact the Crime Victims Rights Unit at (586) 469-5675
If you have been a victim of sexual assault and would like information about medical assistance, counseling and support services, you may contact:
TURNING POINT’S SEXUAL ASSAULT PROGRAM (586) 468-6118
SEXUAL ASSAULT NURSE EXAMINER (586) 463-6990
Macomb County Crisis Center (586) 307-9100
Salvation Army Mt. Clemens (586) 469-6712
Roseville (586) 775-4567
Warren (586) 754-7400
Macomb County Health Department
Mt. Clemens (586) 469-5235
St. Clair Shores (586) 466-6800
Warren (586) 573-2210
Macomb County Youth Interim Care
Facility, 24 hours (586) 758-7040
Salvation Army MATTS (586) 755-5191 Turning Point (586) 463-6990
Child Protective Services (586) 412-6190
Mt. Clemens (586) 469-7700 Sterling Heights (586) 254-1500
Warren (586) 573-2300
Lakeshore Legal Services, Inc. (586) 469-5185
Macomb County Bar Assoc. (586) 468-8300
DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROGRAM:
The Resolution Center (586) 469-4714
Michigan Compiled Laws on Domestic Violence