Domestic Violence



Michigan statutes define domestic violence as “an individual who assaults or assaults and batters his or her spouse or former spouse, an individual with whom he or she has had a child in common, or a resident or former resident of the same household, or an individual with whom you’ve had an intimate relationship.” 

Some examples of domestic violence are:

  • Physical assault  (hitting, pushing, biting).
  • Sexual assault.
  • Intimidation  (threats).
  • Stalking.

There are other forms of abuse that are not considered criminal.  These include:

  • Emotional abuse  (put downs, name calling, mind games).
  • Isolation from family or friends.
  • Economic abuse  (withholding money, being prevented from getting a job).

These “non-criminal” acts are still a form of abuse that can lead to physical abuse, and you need to seek help now through an intervention program (see below). 

Children growing up in an abusive home also suffer.  Problems such as poor school performance, aggressive relationships with peers and siblings, and a lack of self-esteem can develop.  Children are likely to believe that abuse is a normal part of adult behavior.  Boys commonly become abusers themselves, while girls commonly become victims of an abusive relationship. 

How to Report Domestic Violence to Police 


If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1 or ask a neighbor to call if you are unable.  If you are not in immediate danger but wish to report the incident, call the Southfield Police Department non-emergency number 1-248-796-5500, or come to the Southfield Police Department.  This should be done as soon as possible after the incident to preserve evidence.  You should also seek medical attention for any injuries you may have suffered.

All reports of domestic violence are investigated and directed to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office for review. 

For more information about domestic violence, visit the Oakland County Coordinating Council Against Domestic Violence website 

You can also obtain a Personal Protection Order (PPO) against the abuser.  The PPO will order the abuser to refrain from committing the following acts:

  • Harassment.
  • Threats.
  • Assault, beating, molesting, wounding or stalking.
  • Entering your home.
  • Interfering with you at your work place.
  • Purchasing a firearm.
  • Removing the minor children from you unless the removal is part of a court-ordered visitation.

A PPO can be obtained from the Oakland County Courthouse located at 1200 N. Telegraph in Pontiac.  The PPO form is available at the Juvenile Intake Division on the ground floor of the Courthouse.  You can get assistance in completing the form at the Women’s Survival Center, also located on the ground floor of the Courthouse. 

For more information about how to obtain a PPO, you can call the Women’s Survival Center PPO Assistance Office at 1-248-975-9511or visit the Oakland County Coordinating Council Against Domestic Violence website. 

If you require additional information not contained in this website, please call the Police Desk of the Southfield Police Department, 24 hours a day, at (248) 796-5500.  You can also contact the Investigations Division, Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, at 1-248-796-5541and speak to an investigator. 

Counseling and Support Resources


24 Hour Crisis Intervention
H.A.V.E.N. (1-248-334-1274
Common Ground Sanctuary 1-248-456-0909
Counseling and Crisis
Catholic Social Services  
Common Ground  1-248-456-0909
H.A.V.E.N. 1-248-334-1274
Jewish Family Services 1-248-592-2300
Dept of Human 
Services (DHS) - Toll Free
Legal Information
Oakland County Bar Association (Lawyer Referral) 1-248-338-2100
Oakland/Livingston Legal Aid 1-248-456-8888
H.A.V.E.N. (24 Hours) 1-248-334-1274
Jewish Family Services 1-248-592-2300