Amherst Police Department Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Division

Amherst Police Department Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Division Investigate crimes related to domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, harassment and sexual assault as well as conduct outreach. The sexual assault and domestic violence division is lead by a member of the Detective Bureau and shall have the same police responsibility as do all other members of the Detective Bureau and department.

This division is subject to the supervision, direction and control of the OIC of the Detective Bureau. The sexual assault and domestic violence division has the special mission to investigate crimes related to domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, harassment and sexual assault. This division displays an ability to work diligently under minimal supervision, the ability to cultivate sources of information, be able to communicate verbally for the purpose of conducting successful interviews and interrogations, display proficiency in writing clear and concise reports, a willingness to explore all potential sources of information in order to reach a successful conclusion on a case and possess or obtain the necessary technical skills (i.e., fingerprinting, crime scene search, etc.) necessary to function effectively in the position. The sexual assault and domestic violence division is able to conduct outreach efforts within various segments of the community that are affected by domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, harassment and sexual assault.

Mission: No one deserves to be abused or assaulted. Combating physical and sexual violence is a priority at the Amherst Police Department. We believe in the right of all persons to live without fear, abuse, oppression and violence. We believe that abusers and perpetrators should be held accountable for their actions and we strive to promote deterrence, assist victims and interrupt the cycle of violence.

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Snapping a picture of your hotel room could help stop human trafficking

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06/08/2016

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03/03/2016

TODAY is Massachusetts White Ribbon Day. At 2:30pm this afternoon, 500+ people at the MA State House say these words together:
"From this day forward, I promise to be part of the solution to ending violence against women, and all gender-based violence".

The OSCARS awards ceremony - Vice President Joe Biden gave a speech about sexual assault on college campuses followed by...
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The powerful moments that made Oscars night a milestone for sexual abuse survivors

The OSCARS awards ceremony - Vice President Joe Biden gave a speech about sexual assault on college campuses followed by a performance by Lady Gaga

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How to Break Up Peacefully

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CoolNotCool, a lightning quiz about how we act in relationships.

Presidential Proclamation -- National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, 2015
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Presidential Proclamation -- National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, 2015

Presidential Proclamation -- National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, 2015

Domestic violence impacts women, men, and children of every age, background, and belief. Nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men in the United States have suffered severe physical violence by an intimate partner. Victims are deprived of their autonomy, liberty, and security, and face tremendous threats t…

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It's everyones responsibility to create spaces where people are safe in their relationships, families, neighborhoods, schools, workplaces and communities.

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DA Sullivan, UMASS Police, Town of Amherst Police and Amherst Fire Dept take the White Ribbon Campaign pledge.

White Ribbon Campaign Breakfast with DA Sullivan, UMASS Amherst Police, Town of Amherst Police and Amherst Fire Dept.
03/02/2015

White Ribbon Campaign Breakfast with DA Sullivan, UMASS Amherst Police, Town of Amherst Police and Amherst Fire Dept.

The White Ribbon Campaign was founded in Canada in 1991 as a response to the 1989 Montreal Massacre when a gun man shot and killed 14 college women. They decided that wearing a white ribbon would be a symbol of men’s opposition to men’s violence against women. Since then it has spread around the world. The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest effort in the world of men working to end men’s violence against women.

While we are concerned about all violence, the central focus of this project is ending men’s violence against women including physical or emotional abuse, financial control, sexual harassment, or other domineering behavior. We do not think that men are naturally violent, but violence against women is a learned behavior that we as a society can help end. The vast majority of men are caring human beings who can no longer remain silent.

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Timeline Photos

10/09/2014
It's On Us: Sexual Assault PSA

"Its On US" is an awareness campaign designed to end sexual assault on college campuses

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10/01/2014

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Nail polish may prevent date rape

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#VoicesHavePower

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Its time to stop blaming victims and start holding perpetrators accountable.

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when someone comes to you, what will your reaction be?

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http://blogs.justice.gov/ovw/archives/2508

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04/02/2014
Bill calls for tougher domestic violence penalties - Boston.com

6 hour hold on suspects, second offense punishable as felony and a charge for strangulation are some of the items proposed.

BOSTON (AP) — Bail for domestic battery suspects would be delayed and the penalties they face toughened under a bill introduced at the Statehouse on Tuesday that also requires judges to undergo more training around domestic violence issues.

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SAY SOMETHING: a prevention initiative
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Say Something

SAY SOMETHING: a prevention initiative

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02/06/2014

The repercussions of teen dating violence are impossible to ignore. FEBRUARY is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month - talk to your children about healthy relationships

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Presidential Proclamation -- National Stalking Awareness Month, 2014 | The White House

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10/22/2013
Teen Dating Violence in America

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Detective Lopez with Westover Job Corp students, as part of their “Women’s Worth” month.
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