Domestic Violence Unit

765.747.4873

Domestic violence is a pattern of violence one person uses to gain control over the other in a relationship.  Domestic violence is family violence between intimate partners who have shared a romantic or marital-like relationship, boyfriend/girlfriend including those who share a child.  Child abuse and abuse of the elderly and disabled are also domestic-related instances.

Domestic violence may take many forms, but its goal is always the same — batterers want to control their domestic partners through fear. Domestic violence is intentional behavior – not a momentary loss of control.

Some forms of domestic violence include:

  • Physical
  • Verbal
  • Sexual Violence
  • Isolation
  • Coercion
  • Harassment
  • Economic control
  • Abusing trust
  • Threats and intimidation
  • Emotional withholding
  • Destruction of property
  • Self destructive behavior
  • Animal Abuse

How many people are affected?

Statistics from 2007 show:

  • 3485 total calls taken by A Better Way in Delaware County*
  • 112 adults were served in an emergency shelter in Delaware County*
  • 110 children were served in an emergency shelter in Delaware County*

(* Information from A Better Way statistics)

  • From July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009 there 49 deaths related to domestic violence in the State of Indiana¥
  • During this same time period there 98,828 calls to the Crisis Line related to domestic violence in the State of Indiana¥

(* Information from violenceresource.org/stats)

Our Services

  • Investigate domestic related crimes
  • Work with the prosecutor’s office to bring batterers to trial
  • Constant communication with the prosecutor’s office to insure progressiveness of cases
  • Inform community about domestic violence and its prevalence
  • Inform Child Protective Services about children who are exposed to domestic violence 

Inv. Jami Brown
jbrown@cityofmuncie.com

Contact Information

Our office is open Monday thru Friday 8am to 4pm.

Phone: 765.747.4873
Fax: 765.286.3599

Address: 300 North High Street Muncie, IN 47305, 2nd floor, please call ahead.