Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Facts

Domestic violence has the highest rate of repeat victimization of any crime.

On average two women per week are killed by a male partner or former partner; nearly half of all female murder victims are killed by a partner or ex-partner; About 30 men are killed by a female partner or former partner each year, of which some number are related to self defense following a history of abuse. But figures show that domestic violence is predominantly violence by men against women.

Among women, risks of domestic violence do not differ significantly by ethnic origin. People in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities experience domestic violence in a similar proportion to the rest of the population (about one in four) and. More than a third of children in a violent home are aware of the abuse - that figure increases to 50% if the violence is repeated. Children may attempt to stop the violence and so put themselves at risk. Domestic violence occurs across society regardless of age, gender, race, sexuality, wealth and geography.

Victim Impact

The impact of domestic violence on its victims is profound:

  • Domestic violence causes lasting damage to its victim's physical and mental health (More than 50% of women who seek mental health services have had violent or abusive experiences) affecting their ability to work, to support themselves, to maintain self-confidence and to move on and build a new life
  • Domestic violence is a major cause of homelessness, accounting for about 16% of homeless shelter placements
  • Growing up in a household with domestic violence can have a negative impact on, among other things, academic achievement and the likelihood of school attendance

Wellesley Police Domestic Violence Information

Wellesley has an officer assigned to handle and follow up on all domestic violence related incidents. 

Any reports of domestic violence are taken very seriously, and the Police Department conducts a thorough investigation and follow up.


The Domestic Violence Abuse Prevention Officer concentrates on monitoring domestic violence incidents and following up with victims and families in these domestic situations. Officers in this role attend various training with different organizations, including R.EA.C.H., a local organization that aids victims and families of domestic violence, are comfortable working directly with survivors, and can provide access to a variety of services and organizations to help aid victims and families.

Assistance Offered

If you or someone you know may be the victim of domestic violence, or if you have questions, concerns or are seeking information, please contact the Domestic Violence Abuse Prevention Officer via email, by calling the Domestic Violence Hotline number at 781-489-6677, or by making a personal appointment. 

No one is ever required to leave a name or any personal information. Our officers are here to offer aid and information to anyone in need.