Domestic Violence Help & Awareness

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Watch: A message from the NNPD DV Team

The Newport News Police Department employs two full-time advocates – the NNPD Domestic Violence Team - to bridge the gap between law enforcement and victim support. 

Through victim advocacy and empowerment, the team assists individuals affected by domestic violence in their journey toward safety and stability.

The advocates also train officers to help them understand the challenges for people affected by domestic violence. This helps to ensure officers and victims have positive interactions. 

Additionally, the team performs community outreach and engages with youth in the community to bring awareness to domestic violence and promote healthy relationships among the youth and others. 

The team also collaborates with community partners to develop strategies to prevent domestic abuse. 


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Watch: A message from Chief Drew

The Newport News Police Department is committed to stopping domestic violence in our community. We want to educate citizens, change the culture of silence about violence and empower individuals affected by domestic violence to reach out for help. Our goal is to improve lives and keep people safe.

If you suspect domestic violence, speak up. #SilenceKills. Your phone call could save a life.


Video Series

In October 2019, we partnered with Transitions Family Violence Services to create a series of videos to help educate citizens about domestic violence. You can watch the videos below.

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Patrol officer Erick Nunez speaks with Darryle Brown, Community Advocate with Transitions Family Violence Services, about why it can be difficult for individuals to leave their abusers.

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Watch: Children are Affected

Master Police Officer Jamie Acree and Ashley Ruggerio, Youth & Trauma Therapist with Transitions Family Violence Services, speak about how children are affected by domestic violence.

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Watch: Changing the Culture of Silence

SVU Sgt. Shawnalea Ross speaks with Sanu Dieng, Executive Director at Transitions Family Violence Services, about the culture of silence around domestic violence.

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Watch: ’You’re Not Alone’

Domestic violence survivor, Onicka Daniel, shares her story.

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Watch: ’There is Help’

Domestic violence survivor, Ally Schaffner, shares her story.


Contact Us

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    Cheryl Chavers
    Domestic Violence Specialist

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    Neisha Himes
    Domestic Violence Outreach Liaison

    Email: nnpddvteam@nnva.gov

    Message Line:
    757-928-4646

    If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

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Presentation: Awareness and Response to the Silent Culture of Domestic Abuse

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More Information

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Cycle of Violence
Domestic Violence Warning Signs (3)
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Report Domestic Violence
Police Can Help

#1Thing Campaign

The #1Thing campaign, by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV), encourages citizens to think of just one thing you can do to stop domestic violence in your community. Click through the slides below to view some of NNPD’s suggestions. For more information about the campaign and other resources, visit the NRCDV website.