It’s summer. The windows are open in your home. You hear the couple next door fighting. Do you call the police?
The answer is yes. Don’t be afraid to call 911 and request what is called a wellness check on your neighbors. Police are trained to deal with these types of situations which can turn dangerous quickly. Your identity will be protected, and your call may be the only protection a domestic violence victim has.
Lately in Warren there has been an increase in the number of domestic disturbance calls. Police officers are the only ones who have authority to enter a person’s home and stop the violence immediately, often by removing the abuser and diffusing the situation for the time being.
You can also help a victim of violence in another way. The resulting police report documents the incident and injuries and is quite useful in starting a criminal case against the abuser.
Domestic violence includes physical, verbal, sexual, emotional and financial abuse. The Women’s Resource Center continues to work endlessly with the Warren community to end domestic violence and to offer victims the confidential help they need. Anyone seeking shelter or resources can call our 24-hour helpline at 800-494-8100 seven days a week. Our staff stands ready to provide advocacy, education and support to any individual in need of assistance.
Lori N. DiPersio
Women’s Resource Center serving Newport and Bristol Counties
624 Main Street
Warren, RI 02885