Domestic Abuse

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VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC ASSAULT

  • You can ask the City or County Attorney to file a criminal complaint
  • You also have the right to file a petition with the court, requesting an Order for Protection from domestic abuse, which could include the following:
    • An order for restraining the abuser from further acts of abuse
    • An order directing the abuser to leave your household
    • An order preventing the abuser from entering your home and/or a reasonable area around your home, school, business or place of employment
    • An order awarding you or the other parent custody of or visitation with your minor child or children
    • An order directing the abuser to pay support to you and minor children
  • You have the right to notification if prosecution of the case is declined or criminal charges are dismissed

Note: For assistance with orders for protection, call 952-884-0376.

DOMESTIC ABUSE RESPONSE TEAM
The Eden Prairie Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) began in 2006 with a mission to proactively intervene and provide assistance to individuals involved in domestic disputes in an effort to reduce violence in the community.

DART Officers in the Eden Prairie Police Department have received special training on Domestic situations such as compassionate victim interviewing, cycle of violence analysis, domestic advocacy services, legal updates and more. Their responsibilities include:

  • Responding to calls for service as Patrol Officers
  • Investigating crimes as Investigators
  • Reviewing reports to assess the case and prioritize the urgency of services needed
  • Making follow-up contact with people involved in domestic disputes in which no arrest was made
  • Making follow-up contact with victims to answer questions they may have and give guidance to services available to them along with an explanation of the legal process
  • Assisting victims with developing a safety plan
  • Photographing and documenting any changes or progression of injuries
  • Locating and arrest perpetrators of domestic violence