Domestic violence has become a prevalent problem in today’s society. Not only is it considered a “relationship problem”, but in actuality, domestic violence is a crime. Each year, more than three million women and children, collectively, fall victim to domestic violence and that is why the Hattiesburg Police Department has implemented a Domestic Violence Unit. Men make up a very small number but fall victim to domestic violence as well.
This unit consists of detectives who are highly trained and well-educated in areas involving intimate relationship violence. Additionally, not only does this unit work directly with the department’s victim advocates in ensuring that victims are safe from harm, but it also conducts follow-up interviews with victims, acquires supplementary evidence (photographs, medical reports, etc.), communicates with judges in preparing arrest warrants and indemnifies that all reported cases are completed before being forwarded for prosecution to the county’s district attorney’s office.