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Domestic Violence Unit

Our mission is to eliminate domestic assault in our community and to educate those affected by aggressively prosecuting criminal offenders while providing support to survivors throughout the criminal justice process.

About the Unit


Victims of domestic violence may contact Turning Point for counseling and shelter: 

Chief Elizabeth Abbo

Information on domestic violence and what you need to know

Domestic Violence Unit concentrates on difficult and sensitive cases involving violence in the home. Domestic violence is defined as physical violence between spouses, former spouses, residents or former residents of the household, or individuals who have a child in common. The DV Unit handles cases ranging from 93 day misdemeanors to murder cases, and may also include child abuse cases.

Assistant prosecutors in the unit are specially trained in the domestic violence cycle, and follow felony DV cases through the prosecution process from initiation to conclusion. This system of vertical prosecution enables the prosecutor to establish a rapport with the victim throughout the prosecution of the case, and ensures a consistent, fair, and aggressive approach. Victim advocacy services are also available to victims of domestic violence as they are to all victims of crimes in Macomb County.

Domestic violence statutes have changed dramatically in recent years. Unlike most other misdemeanors in which a police officer must observe the actual criminal act before he can arrest without a warrant, the law provides that an officer may make an arrest as long as he has probable cause to believe that the assault occurred. In 1994 new penalties were enacted for this class of crimes. The first conviction for a domestic violence assault is punishable by up to 93 days in jail, plus fines and costs. A second conviction, which is also a misdemeanor, is punishable by up to one year in jail. A third conviction becomes a felony, with up to 5 years incarceration.


What does 'domestic violence' mean?

Domestic violence is a learned pattern of assaultive, physical, verbal, sexual and/or emotional behaviors in which one person in a relationship uses force and intimidation to dominate or control the other person.

The term “relationship” includes a current or former spouse, a family member, the other parent of your child, a current or former roommate, a current or former individual in a dating relationship, a domestic partner.

The domestic partner may be married or not married; heterosexual, gay or lesbian; living together, separated or dating. Domestic violence occurs in all ages, races, genders and social classes. The violence takes many forms and can happen all the time or once in a while.

Examples of domestic violence are:

  • Physical assault or abuse — hitting, pushing, shoving, slapping, choking, punching, kicking, grabbing, beating, throwing her down, tripping, twisting arms, biting, using a weapon
  • Threatened physical harm
  • Sexual assault or abuse — unwanted, forced sexual activity, making her do sexual things against her will, physically attacking the sexual parts of her body, etc.
  • Stalking
  • Intimidation
  • Emotional abuse — mind games, name-calling, put-downs, making the victim feel bad about herself
  • Jealousy — a sign of possessiveness and lack of trust
  • Controlling behavior and forced isolation (from family or friends) — controlling what the victim does, who the victim sees or talks to, where the victim goes, relocating to a remote area, etc.
  • Economic abuse — preventing the victim from getting or holding a job, and controlling the purse-strings by withholding money, taking the victims earned money, giving the victim an allowance, and or making them ask for money, etc.

You are not alone. You are not to blame. You can get help.

Get medical attention if you have been physically injured. Save evidence to document the abuse (medical records, photographs of injuries and damage to your property, etc.). Make a safety plan, which may include figuring out the “warning signs” that come before abuse:

  • Work out signals with neighbors to call the police;
  • Ask a friend or relative to stay with you;
  • Decide where you can go and what to take with you if you must leave (money, important documents, spare clothes, car keys, etc.);
  • Protect your children.

Report domestic violence and stalking to the police. They can and will:

  • Protect you from immediate danger, and help you and your children get out of the house safely;
  • Arrest the abuser without a warrant when there is reasonable cause to believe that an assault has taken place or that the abuser has violated a Personal Protection Order or a restraining order;
  • Advise you of available shelter programs and other services in your area;
  • Write out a police report which can be used to help prove the abuse occurred and show good cause for a judge to grant a personal protection order or a restraining order.

Michigan’s domestic violence statute

Michigan laws define “domestic violence” as an assault or an assault & battery by a:

  • spouse
  • former spouse
  • person residing or having resided in the same household as the victim
  • person having a child in common with the victim
  • person with whom he/she has or has had a dating relationship

Michigan uses two classifications of domestic violence:


  • Victim need not be injured
  • Criminal penalties (including possible probation, counseling, community service, etc.)
  • 1st conviction (misdemeanor): up to 93 days in jail and/or $500 fine
  • 2nd conviction (misdemeanor): up to 1 year in jail and/or $1,000 fine
  • 3rd or more conviction (felony): up to 5 years in prison and/or $2,500 fine


  • Victim must receive serious or aggravated injuries (such as injuries requiring immediate medical attention)
  • Criminal penalties (including possible probation, counseling, community service, etc.)
  • 1st conviction (misdemeanor): up to 1 year in jail and/or $1,000 fine
  • 2nd conviction (felony): up to 5 years in prison and/or $2,500 fine

As of 04/01/2002, a person arrested for Domestic Violence cannot be released from jail on an interim bond set by the jail. The person must be held until he or she can be arraigned, or has an interim bond set by a judge or district court magistrate. The judge or magistrate’s interim bond can include conditions, such as having no contact with the victim. (See 2001 PA 198.)

Personal Protection Order

PPO Assistance Center Information

Personal Protection Order Assistance Center

40 North Main, 1st Floor

Mount Clemens, MI 48043

Phone: (586) 469-7494

In a Personal Protection Order (PPO), the court orders an individual to stop threats or violence against you. According to the court rules, the proceeding to obtain an order is called a “personal protection action.”

The following describes the three types of PPOs:

(1) Domestic PPO – when the person you want protection from is:

  • Your spouse or former spouse
  • Someone with whom you have a child in common
  • Someone you are dating or used to date
  • Someone who lives now or has ever lived in the same household as you

You must demonstrate to the Court that this person is interfering with your personal liberty or has threatened to or has committed violence against you.

(2) Non-Domestic Stalking PPO – when the person you want protection from has engaged in a pattern of two or more non-continuous acts, without your consent, that make you feel threatened, harassed, frightened, or molested.

(3) Non-Domestic Sexual Assault PPO – when the person you want protection from has been convicted of sexual assault against you or subjected you to, threatened you with, or placed you in reasonable apprehension of sexual assault, or if you are a minor child furnished you with obscene material.

Note:  You may not get a PPO against your minor child. Likewise, a minor child cannot obtain a PPO against a biological parent (unless emancipated). In these cases, contact the Juvenile Division of the Macomb County Circuit Court at 586-469-5195.


How to Get a Personal Protection Order in Macomb County Circuit Court:

If it is an emergency, call 911

Otherwise, call the nearest Macomb County police department.

Macomb County Sheriff’s Office – (586) 469-5151

Armada Police Department – (586) 784-9152

Centerline Police Department – (586) 757-2200

Clinton Township Police Department – (586) 493-7800

Eastpointe Police Department – (586) 445-5100

Fraser Police Department – (586) 293-1425

Memphis Police Department – (810) 392-2144

New Baltimore Police Department – (586) 725-2192

Richmond Police Department – (586) 727-4000

Romeo Police Department – (586) 752-3587

Roseville Police Department – (586) 775-2100

St. Clair Shores Police Department – (586) 445-5300

Shelby Township Police Department – (586) 731-2121 x312

Sterling Heights Police Department – (586) 446-2800

Utica Police Department – (586) 731-2345

Warren Police Department – (586) 574-4700


Turning Point Inc. / Shelter

P.O. Box 1123

Mount Clemens, MI 48046

24 Hour Crisis Line: (586) 463-6990

National Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7


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