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The Right Connection - Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

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There are many options for an individual who is a survivor of domestic violence: contact Turning Point, file a personal protection order, or file a police report.

Turning Point

Turning Point providing programs and resources that enable victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and homelessness to regain control of their lives. All services are free and confidential, including shelter, counseling, and legal advocacy. Their 24 Hour Crisis Line is (586) 463-6990. Website: www.turningpointmacomb.org

Personal Protection Order

Legal rights include the right to go to court and file a petition requesting a Personal Protection Order (PPO) which is an injunctive order to prohibit a person from specified conduct, including "stalking" which is defined as “a willful course of conduct involving repeated or continuing harassment of another individual . . .” (MCLA 650.411h). A PPO restrains or prohibits the respondent from certain behaviors, such as:

►   Following or appearing within proximity of her person.

►   Approaching the individual in any fashion, such as a public place, workplace, residence, or on private property.

►   Entering onto or remaining on property the individual owns, leases or occupies.

►   Contacting the individual by telephone, mail, or electronic communications.

►   Placing an object on, or delivering an object to property the individual owns, leases or occupies.

►   Threatening to kill or inflict physical injury on the individual.

►   Remove children if the individual has full physical legal custody.

More and specific details about PPOs can be obtained by calling the Macomb County PPO Assistance Center, (586) 469-7494 or going to http://clerk.macombgov.org/Clerk-Services-PPOAssistance-PPOFAQ

File a Police Report

Generally, you can file a police report by visiting the nearest police precinct or calling the non-emergency number for the dispatch office. In some metro areas, you also may be able to file a police report online. If you believe your life or someone else's life is endangered, call 911 immediately.

For detailed directions on how to file a police report, go to:



  • If financial loss has been experienced due to a personal injury as a result of being a victim of crime, crime victims compensation may be available. The Crime Victim Services Commission (CVSC) Compensation Program helps victims of crime and their immediate families with the financial costs of crime. Costs that may be eligible include medical treatment, counseling, funerals, crime scene clean-up, grief counseling and loss of income or support not paid by other sources. Victims-Only toll-free number: (877) 251-7373. https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-71548_54783_54853_54855---,00.html
  • Contact the police agency to ascertain the status of the complaint.
  • If the suspect has been arrested, a bond may be set and the suspect may be released. Call the local police agency or the Macomb County Sheriff's Department at (586) 469- 5151 to find out if the suspect is still in custody.
Free temporary emergency shelter for female victims of domestic violence and their children, advocacy and counseling services are available from Turning Point, (586) 463-6990 (24-hour line).

24 hour support for victims of domestic violence is available from is available from Turning Point which offers counselors who can provide support, safety planning, information and advocacy within the court system, and counseling for children and adults. Call Turning Point (586) 463-6990 (24 hour line).

Individual or group counseling for victims of domestic violence call Turning Point at (586) 463-4430.

There are many circumstances where a survivor of domestic violence has options that others do not have. For example, if the survivor needs to apply for DHHS benefits but does not want the batterer to know this because of safety concerns - there is a process to assure that information is not released by DHHS. Or, if the survivor needs to be released from a lease due to safety concerns, there is a process to get released from the lease early.

The agency most likely to help survivors with these and other legal questions is Lakeshore Legal Aid. The agency most likely to help with other non-legal issues for survivors is Turning Point.

Lakeshore Legal Aid

Lakeshore Legal Aid, (888) 783-8190 Monday & Thursday: 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Tuesdays: 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Wednesday: 9:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.

Friday: 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Intake is done on their toll-free Counsel and Advocacy Law Line (above).


Turning Point (586) 463-6990 (24-hour line)

A list of batterer intervention providers that comply with the Michigan State Standards for batterer’s intervention: Click on http://www.mcdvc.org, then click on “Work,” then click on “Reports and Protocols.”