Office: 305-865-4147

Captain Henry Dolcé


Captain Enrique Doce began his law enforcement career in 1984 with the Virginia Gardens Police Department and joined the Miami Beach Police Department in 1989.  During his tenure he has been assigned in a variety of capacities and positions of rank including: Patrol Division, K-9, and Criminal Investigations. Captain Doce has coordinated the planning and implementation of the Department’s Memorial Day Weekend Planning since 2009. 

In his 26 years with Miami Beach Police Department Captain Doce has been named Officer of the Month eight times and was Officer of the Year in 2001 and is the recipient of numerous Letters of Commendation and Certificates of Appreciation.

Captain Doce has an Associate Degree in Business from Miami-Dade College. He has  attended and completed the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership in Police Organizations (LPO) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Executive Leadership Development course. 




Mission: Prevent crime and enhance public safety.

Vision:  We aspire to be a world-class agency, which protects our diverse community and serves as a model for character, innovation and service to meet the challenges of tomorrow.


Values: Professional, Accountable, Honest and Proud. 

Our Daily Goals: Reduce crime and the fear of crime; Partner with the community to solve problems; Improve traffic safety; Operate the organization efficiently.

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The women of MBPD will give you an inside perspective on the many benefits of being a female in Law Enforcement. 
Come join us at Miami Beach City Hall, from 11AM-1PM and see if you have what it takes to be a member of the Miami Beach Police Department. 
We will have onsite activities for kids 5 and older (Please register in advance).
RSVP here by November 1, 2017. You can also call 305.673.7909 for more information.
Saturday, November 04, 2017
Miami Beach City Hall
Commission Chambers - 3rd Floor
New E-Scams & Warnings
To report potential e-scams, please go the Internet Crime Complaint Center and file a report. Note: The FBI does not send mass e-mails to private citizens about cyber scams, so if you received an e-mail that claims to be from the FBI Director or other top official, it is most likely a scam.
If you receive unsolicited e-mail offers or spam, you can forward the messages to the Federal Trade Commission at
Protect yourself and your family from various forms of Internet fraud.
How to Protect Your Computer
The same advice parents might deliver to young drivers on their first solo journey applies to everyone who wants to navigate safely online. A special agent in our Cyber Division offered the following:
  • “Don’t drive in bad neighborhoods.”
  • “If you don’t lock your car, it’s vulnerable; if you don’t secure your computer, it’s vulnerable.”
  • “Reduce your vulnerability, and you reduce the threat.”
Below are some key steps to protecting your computer from intrusion:
  • Keep Your Firewall Turned On: A firewall helps protect your computer from hackers who might try to gain access to crash it, delete information, or even steal passwords or other sensitive information. Software firewalls are widely recommended for single computers. The software is prepackaged on some operating systems or can be purchased for individual computers. For multiple networked computers, hardware routers typically provide firewall protection.
  • Install or Update Your Antivirus Software: Antivirus software is designed to prevent malicious software programs from embedding on your computer. If it detects malicious code, like a virus or a worm, it works to disarm or remove it. Viruses can infect computers without users’ knowledge. Most types of antivirus software can be set up to update automatically.
  • Install or Update Your Antispyware Technology: Spyware is just what it sounds like—software that is surreptitiously installed on your computer to let others peer into your activities on the computer. Some spyware collects information about you without your consent or produces unwanted pop-up ads on your web browser. Some operating systems offer free spyware protection, and inexpensive software is readily available for download on the Internet or at your local computer store. Be wary of ads on the Internet offering downloadable antispyware—in some cases these products may be fake and may actually contain spyware or other malicious code. It’s like buying groceries—shop where you trust.
  • Keep Your Operating System Up to Date: Computer operating systems are periodically updated to stay in tune with technology requirements and to fix security holes. Be sure to install the updates to ensure your computer has the latest protection.
  • Be Careful What You Download: Carelessly downloading e-mail attachments can circumvent even the most vigilant anti-virus software. Never open an e-mail attachment from someone you don’t know, and be wary of forwarded attachments from people you do know. They may have unwittingly advanced malicious code.
  • Turn Off Your Computer: With the growth of high-speed Internet connections, many opt to leave their computers on and ready for action. The downside is that being “always on” renders computers more susceptible. Beyond firewall protection, which is designed to fend off unwanted attacks, turning the computer off effectively severs an attacker’s connection—be it spyware or a botnet that employs your computer’s resources to reach out to other unwitting users.
Risk of Peer-to-Peer System
The FBI is educating and warning citizens about certain risks and dangers associated with the use of Peer-to-Peer systems on the Internet. While the FBI supports and encourages the development of new technologies, we also recognize that technology can be misused for illicit and, in some cases, criminal purposes.
Peer-to-Peer networks allow users connected to the Internet to link their computers with other computers around the world. These networks are established for the purpose of sharing files. Typically, users of Peer-to-Peer networks install free software on their computers which allows them (1) to find and download files located on another Peer-to-Peer user's hard drive, and (2) to share with those other users files located on their own computer. Unfortunately sometimes these information-sharing systems have been used to engage in illegal activity. Some of the most common crimes associated with Peer-to-Peer networks are the following:
Copyright Infringement: It is a violation of federal law to distribute copyrighted music, movies, software, games, and other works without authorization. There are important national economic consequences associated with such theft. The FBI has asked industry associations and companies that are particularly concerned with intellectual property theft to report to the FBI—for possible criminal investigation and prosecution—anyone that they have reason to believe is violating federal copyright law.
Child Exploitation and Obscenity: The receipt or distribution of child pornography and unlawful obscenity over the Internet also is a serious federal crime. The FBI cautions parents and guardians that, because there is no age restriction for the use of Peer-to-Peer services, pornography of all types is easily accessible by the many young children whose parents mistakenly believe they are only accessing music or movies. In fact, children may be exposed to pornography—and subsequently lured by sexual predators—even though they were not searching for pornography, as some network users deliberately mislabel the names of files for this purpose.
Computer Hacking: Peer-to-Peer networks also have been abused by hackers. Because these systems potentially expose your computer and files to millions of other users on the network, they also expose your computer to worms and viruses. In fact, some worms have been specifically written to spread by popular Peer-to-Peer networks. Also, if Peer-to-Peer software is not properly configured, you may be unknowingly opening up the contents of your entire hard drive for others to see and download your private information.
The FBI urges you to learn about the risks and dangers of Peer-to-Peer networks, as well as the legal consequences of copyright infringement, illegal pornography, and computer hacking. For more information about the law, visit The FBI takes seriously its mission to enforce the laws against those who use the Internet to commit crime. To report cyber crime, please contact your local FBI Field Office, or file a complaint through the Internet Crime Complaint Center at
Civilian of the Month
Congratulations to Ana Delmonte who
was awarded Civilian of the Month for August 2017. 
Officer of the Month
Congratulations to Officer Tino Serrano who was awarded Officer of the Month for August 2017. 
Are your kids ready for Halloween? Ask them the following questions to find out!
1. Someone gives you candy that is not wrapped and sealed by the candy company. You should
A. Eat it anyway.
B. Save it for a rainy day.
C. Throw it away.
D. Give it to your dog.
2. A treat you were given has something "suspicious" sticking out of it. Your parent should
A. Bite into it to see what it is.
B. Call the police.
C. Put it in the refrigerator.
D. Scream.
3. The safest way to go trick-or-treating is
A. Alone.
B. Late at night.
C. On roller skates.
D. With an adult you trust.
4. The best place to go trick-or-treating is
A. Across town.
B. In a neighborhood you know.
C. Where the most houses are.
D. At your local mall.
The answers are:
  1. C. Throw it away. Unsealed candy could have dangerous things inside.
  2. B. Call the police. they can help keep you and other kids in your neighborhood safe.
  3. D. With an adult you trust. Try to go out in daylight. If you go out after dark, wear a light costume and carry a flashlight.
  4. B. and D. In a neighborhood you know and at your local mall. It's safer for you.
If you know Officer Shantell Mitchell you know she is the face behind the police department’s recruiting efforts. Shantell has greeted and encouraged hundreds of people who never thought about being a police officer. A bit serendipitous perhaps, as Shantell was once in the very same situation.
Officer Mitchell enjoyed a variety of jobs and careers before joining the MBPD, some of which may surprise you. Former careers include modeling, flight attendant and professional cheerleader, not exactly in line with traditional stereotypes of a police officer! 
So here’s how it all came to be….
In 1996, Shantell’s mother saw an advertisement for the Miami Dolphins cheerleader tryouts. Shantell had never been to an audition of this type and wasn’t too keen on football; ultimately she didn’t make the squad. But defeat was not an option for her and that year Shantell made it her goal to be part of the squad. This time, the end result was success!
Of the eight-hundred women who tried out, Shantell and thirty-nine others were selected. That year Shantell represented the Dolphins at home games, conventions and made special appearances across the US. She appeared on the news, in calendars, magazines, and even did a spot on E television showcasing the Dolphins Calendar. Shantell became a bit of a celebrity, appearing in Any Given Sunday, as a cheerleader in the movie. She danced with Will Smith in “Welcome to Miami,” and worked her magic down the runway with Trey Smith. Looking back, Shantell jokes that she went from signing autographs to signing police tickets.
It wasn’t just glitz and glam, charity was a very important part of the cheer squad's outreach. This included frequent visits to sick children in hospitals, supporting pet adoptions, and participating in events for those who had disabilities. These efforts took Shantell and the Dolphins cheerleaders to numerous locations throughout Florida and extended to Tennessee and Colorado. Shantell decided she needed a change of pace; she applied and was selected to be a flight attendant. Her hub was in Philadelphia so without hesitation, she packed her bags and headed off to a new chapter. While enjoying a new career, her love of dance pushed Shantell back to cheerleading, this time with the Philadelphia Eagles. She was now juggling two jobs, and enjoying a full and exciting life… then came September 11, 2001.
That awful day, all flights were grounded and for four days Shantell was stranded in Chicago. That was just the beginning of her worries. Soon the flight industry was in serious trouble, due to the rapid decline in ticket sales. Eventually, Shantell was given the option to go on furlough, with hopes the industry would recover.
Resilient, positive, and optimistic, Shantell packed her bags again and made her way back to the sunshine state.  
It didn’t take long before Shantell was part of MBPD’s family, starting out as a Property and Evidence Technician. This was the beginning of what is now a strong and productive career as an MBPD Police Officer. In the 12 past years, Officer Mitchell has worked in a variety of assignments as a uniformed officer, using her special talents for building relationships by working closely with the Miami Beach community.
In her personal life, Shantell is a busy wife and mom. Being a mommy is an especially important part of her life and if asked, she will tell you it is her greatest accomplishment. “My girls are my life, there is no love like the love of a child, with this love comes sacrifice… but it’s like no other.”
Who says you can’t have it all? Officer Mitchell is a great example of someone who has found a way to balance her life with seeming ease. She is a wonderful ambassador for the Miami Beach Police Department, a fulltime wife and mother, and an asset to our community. Hat’s off to you Officer Mitchell!
It’s hard to believe that summer has passed and the fall season has arrived! This time of year marks a wonderful, albeit new busy season for Miami Beach; including festive Halloween gatherings, parties, and celebrations. You might be surprised to learn that October also boasts some non-traditional campaigns including; Domestic Violence Awareness, National Bullying Prevention, and National Crime Prevention Month.
As a police department, supporting and bringing attention to awareness and prevention campaigns and issues is important. The unfortunate reality; however, is that law enforcement is not always able to prevent crime. Most often police officers see the end result of trauma and far too often these events involve children.  
Each year the Police Department receives hundreds of calls involving serious incidents, accidents, and acts of violence. The officers who respond to these calls may encounter children who are in a state of shock, are in pain, or are distraught. It is truly a helpless feeling. This is where the concept for “Operation Ted E. Bear” was born. This new MBPD project will allow police officers to provide extra care and comfort to a child by putting a cuddly teddy bear in their arms.
In the coming weeks we will formally unveil, “Operation Ted E. Bear.” Because we know we serve a generous and caring community, we will be sharing more information on how you can get involved and show your support. Stay tuned for the exciting details and to learn how you can help us aid a child in need.
As always, we look forward to partnering with you. Together, we are stronger. Together, we make a difference in our community. 
Chief of Staff Wendy Rich-Goldschmidt  
The Entertainment District is the busiest and most policed area within the City of Miami Beach. The area’s boundaries encompass 5 Street to 15 Street, from the shoreline west, to and including the west side of Washington Avenue. For those who may not know, this district is very unique. In addition to the many visitors, there are a variety of bars, nightclubs, hotels, offices, and residential units. Many of these establishments host holiday, weekly, and weekend events. When you factor in the iconic Ocean Drive- the most popular tourist destination- this district quickly becomes the busiest, and sometimes the most populated, in the city.
Fortunately, the Entertainment District also has considerable police resources dedicated to the area. You will see officers on foot patrol, on bicycles, and in police vehicles. Additionally, there are two specially designated squads that are solely responsible for policing Ocean Drive. As a final complement to our staffing, there are designated Washington Avenue Beat Officers, a Neighborhood Resource Officer and a small team of Homeless Resource Officers assigned to this patrol district.
One of the many new initiatives in the Entertainment District is the identification of persons who habitually commit crimes. Once one of these habitual offenders is arrested, the Police Department works closely with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office to aid with the prosecution and sentencing, if the subject is found guilty. Specially trained officers frequently attend bond hearings to illustrate to the judge the impact these arrestees have had on our community.
Recently, a local social media group has assisted greatly by identifying the most problematic individuals in the area. Members of this social media group have even appeared at bond hearings to advocate for a higher bond or extended jail time. This perspective is often very powerful and serves as one more example of how, working together, we can make a big difference.
As your area Captain, I am proud of our many accomplishments and look forward to working with all community members to make the Entertainment District a safe place that everyone can enjoy. 
Captain Ian Robinson
Tips for Parents: The Truth About Club Drugs
What Are Raves?
“Raves” are high energy, all-night dances that feature hard pounding techno-music and flashing laser lights. Raves are found in most metropolitan areas and, increasingly, in rural areas throughout the country. The parties are held in permanent dance clubs, abandoned warehouses, open fields, or empty buildings.
Raves are frequently advertised as “alcohol free” parties with hired security personnel. Internet sites often advertise these events as “safe” and “drug free.” However, they are dangerously over crowded parties where your child can be exposed to rampant drug use and a high-crime environment. Numerous overdoses are documented at these events.
Raves are one of the most popular venues where club drugs are distributed. Club drugs include MDMA (more commonly known as “Ecstasy”), GHB and Rohypnol (also known as the “date rape” drugs), Ketamine, Methamphetamine (also known as “Meth”), and LSD.
Because some club drugs are colorless, odorless, and tasteless, they can be added without detection to beverages by individuals who want to intoxicate or sedate others in order to commit sexual assaults.
Rave promoters capitalize on the effects of club drugs. Bottled water and sports drinks are sold at Raves, often at inflated prices, to manage hyperthermia and dehydration. Also common are pacifiers which prevent involuntary teeth clenching; menthol nasal inhalers; surgical masks, chemical lights; and neon glow sticks that increase sensory perception and enhance the Rave experience.
Cool down rooms are provided, usually at a cost, as a place to cool off due to increased body temperature of the drug user.
Don’t risk your child’s health and safety. Ask questions about where he or she is going and see it for yourself.
What Are Club Drugs?
Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)
Street names: Ecstasy, E, X, XTC, Adam, Clarity, Lover’s Speed
An amphetamine-based, hallucinogenic type drug that is taken orally, usually in a tablet capsule form.
  • Lasts 3-6 hours.
  • Enables dancers to dance for long periods of time.
  • Increases the chances of dehydration, hyper tension, heart or kidney failure, and increased body temperature, which can lead to death.
  • Long-term effects include confusion, depression, sleep problems, anxiety, paranoia, and loss of memory.
Gamma-hydoxybutyrate (GHB)
Street names: Grievous Bodily Harm, G, Liquid Ecstasy, Georgia Home Boy
A central nervous system depressant that is usually ingested in liquid, powder, tablet, and capsule forms.
  • May last up to 4 hours, depending on the dose used.
  • Slows breathing and heart rates to dangerous levels.
  • Also has sedative and euphoric effects that begin up to 10-20 minutes from ingestion.
  • Use in connection with alcohol increases its potential for harm.
  • Overdose can occur quickly-sometimes death occurs.
Street names: Speed, Ice, Chalk, Meth, Crystal, Crank, Fire, Glass
A central nervous system stimulant, often found in pill, capsule, or powder form, that can be snorted, injected, or smoked.
  • Displays signs of agitation, excited speech, lack of appetite, and increased physical activity.
  • Often results in drastic weight loss, violence, psychotic behavior, paranoia, and sometimes damage to the heart or nervous system.
Street names: Special K, K, Vitamin K, Cat Valium
An injectable anesthetic used primarily by veterinarians, found either in liquid form or as a white powder that can be snorted or smoked, sometimes with marijuana.
  • Causes reactions similar to those of PCP, a hallucinatory drug.
  • Results in impaired attention, learning, and memory function. In larger doses, it may cause delirium, amnesia, impaired motor function, high blood pressure, and depression.
Street names: Roofies, Rophies, Roche, Forget-me Pill
Tasteless and odorless sedative, easily soluble in carbonated beverages, with toxic effects that are aggravated by concurrent use of alcohol.
  • Can cause anterograde amnesia, which contributes to Rohypnol’s popularity as a “date rape” drug.
  • Can cause decreased blood pressure, drowsiness, visual disturbances, dizziness, and confusion.
Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD)
Street names: Acid, Boomers, Yellow Sunshines
Hallucinogen that causes distortions in sensory perception, usually taken orally either in tablet or capsule form. Often sold on blotter paper that has been saturated with the drug.
  • Are often unpredictable and may vary depending on dose, environment, and the user.
  • Causes dilated pupils, higher body temperature, increased heart rate and blood pressure, sweating, dry mouth, and tremors.
  • Can cause numbness, weakness, and nausea.
  • Long-term effects may include persistent psychosis and hallucinogenic persisting perception disorder, commonly known as “flashbacks.”
Know the Signs
Effects of stimulant club drugs, such as MDMA and Methamphetamine:
  • Increased heart rate
  • Convulsions
  • Extreme rise in body temperature
  • Uncontrollable movements
  • Insomnia
  • Impaired speech
  • Dehydration
  • High blood pressure
  • Grinding teeth
Effects of sedative/hallucinogenic club drugs, such as GHB, Ketamine, LSD, and Rohypnol:
  • Slow breathing
  • Decreased heart rate (Except LSD)
  • Respiratory problems
  • Intoxication
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Tremors
  • Nausea
Effects common to all club drugs can include anxiety, panic, depression, euphoria, loss of memory, hallucinations, and psychotic behavior. Drugs, traces of drugs, and drug paraphernalia are direct evidence of drug abuse. Pacifiers, menthol inhalers, surgical masks, and other such items could also be considered indicators.
Where Do You Go for Help?
If you suspect your child is abusing drugs, monitor behavior carefully. Confirm with a trustworthy adult where your child is going and what he or she is doing. Enforce strict curfews. If you have evidence of club drug use, approach your child when he or she is sober, and if necessary, call on other family members and friends to support you in the confrontation.
Once the problem is confirmed, seek the help of professionals. If the person is under the influence of drugs and immediate intervention is necessary, consider medical assistance. Doctors, hospital substance programs, school counselors, the county mental health society, members of the clergy, organizations such as Narcotics Anonymous, and rape counseling centers stand ready and waiting to provide information and intervention assistance.
For More Information
Office of Justice Programs 
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Office for Victims of Crime
Drug Enforcement Administration
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Office of National Drug Control Policy Clearinghouse
Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator
Preparing Ghosts and Goblins for their Ticks and Treats
  • Make sure older kids go out with friends. Younger children should be accompanied by an adult. If you live in a rural area, offer all kids a ride in the car.
  • Set a time limit for children to trick-or-treat. Together, map out a safe route so you know whwere they'll be. Remind them not to take shortcuts through backyards, alleys, or playing fields.
  • Remind kids not to enter a strange house or car.
  • Try to get kids to trick-or-treat while it is still light out. If it is dark, make sure the children are carrying flashlights that work.
Pranks That Can Be a Little Tricky
Halloween is notoriously a night of pranks - toilet papering a house or filling mailboxes with shaving cream are not unusual. Try to get a handle on your children's plans before they go out. Explain to them that while you want them to have a good time, some tricks could hurt other people or damage property. Emphasize that you disapprove of vandalism.
Eating the Treats
  • Kids need to know not to eat their treats until they get home. One way to keep trick-or-treaters from digging in while they're still out is to feed them a meal or substantial snack beforehand.
  • Check out all the treats at home in a well-lighted place.
  • What to eat? Only unopened candies and other treats that are in original wrappers. Don't forget to inspect fruit and homemade goodies for anything suspicious. By all means remind kids not to eat everything at once or they'll be feeling pretty ghoulish for a while.
"Unhaunting" Your House and Neighborhood
  • Welcome trick-or-treaters at home by turning on your exterior lights.
  • Remove objects from your yard that might present a hazard to visitors.
  • Ask your Neighborhood Watch or citizens' group to patrol the community.
  • Involve students from a local college or university to be "witch's helpers." These students help trick-or-treaters cross busy streets and watch out for ghoulish behavior.
  • Drive slowly all evening- you never know what creature may suddenly cross your path.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your local police.
Consider This
Parents and kids can avoid trick-or-treating troubles entirely by organizing a Halloween costume party with treats, games, contests, music, scary stories, and much more. Make your Halloween party the place to be! Schools, fire stations, libraries, even malls in many communities organize "haunted houses" and other festivities for families.
Making Safe Costumes
  • Check that costumes are flame-retardant so the little ones aren't in danger near candlelit jack-o-lanterns and other fire hazards.
  • Keep costumes short to prevent trips, falls, and other bumps in the night.
  • Encourage kids to wear comfortable shoes.
  • Try makeup instead of a mask. Masks can be hot and uncomfortable and, more importantly, they can obstruct a child's vision- a dangerous thing when kids are crossing streets and going up and down steps.
  • Make sure kids wear light colors or put reflective tape on their costumes.
Dressed Up and Dangerous
Halloween blood and gore are harmless stuff for the most part. But sometimes dressing up as a superhero, a scary monster, or a slimy alien from outer space- coupled with the excitement of Halloween- brings out aggressive behavior. Even fake knives, swords, and guns can accidentally hurt people. If these objects are part of a child's costume, make sure they are made from cardboard or other flexible materials. Better yet, challenge kids to create costumes that don't need "weapons" to be scary and fun.
What is domestic violence?
  • Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive, controlling behavior that can include physical abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, sexual abuse or financial abuse (using money and financial tools to exert control).
  • Domestic violence is a pervasive, life-threatening crime that affects millions of individuals across the United States regardless of age, economic status, race, religion or education.
  • High-profile cases of domestic violence will attract headlines, but thousands of people experience domestic abuse every day. They come from all walks of life.
  • In a 24-hour survey, NNEDV found that U.S. domestic violence programs served nearly 65,321 victims and answered more than 23,045 crisis hotline calls in one day alone.
  • Batterers make it very difficult for victims to escape relationships. Sadly, many survivors suffer from abuse for decades.
  • It’s important for survivors to know that the abuse is not their fault, and they are not alone. Help is available for those who suffer from domestic violence.
What are resources available for victims?
  • Survivors have many options, from obtaining a protection order to staying in a shelter, or exploring options through support group or anonymous calls to a local domestic violence shelter or hotline program. There is hope for victims, and they are not alone.
  • There are thousands of local shelters across the United States that provide safety, counseling, legal help, and other resources for victims and their children.
  • Information and support is available for victims of abuse, their friends and family.
  • If you are in danger, call 911, a local hotline or a national hotline.
  • NNEDV’s website has safety tips and resources
  • U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline
Why do victims return to or stay with abusers?
  • A better question is, “Why does the abuser choose to abuse?”
  • The deck is stacked against the victim when confronted with leaving or not.
  • Abusers work very hard to keep victims in relationships.
  • There is a real fear of death or more abuse if they leave.
  • In fact, a victim’s risk of getting killed greatly increases when they are in the process of leaving or have just left.
  • On average, three women die at the hands of a current or former intimate partner every day.
  • We, as a community, must do more to ensure the safety of victims when they leave.
  • Batterers are very good at making victims think that the abuse is their fault. Victims often believe that if they caused the violence, they can also stop it.
  • Victims stay because they are made to think they cannot survive on their own, financially or otherwise. Often abusers create a financial situation that makes leaving nearly impossible.
  • Survivors sometimes want the abuse to end, not the relationship.
  • A survivor may return to the abuser because that’s the person she the survivor fell in love with, and she believes his promises to change. It’s not easy for anyone to let go of hopes and dreams.
Do abusers show any potential warning signs?
  • There is no way to spot an abuser in a crowd, but most abusers share some common characteristics.
  • Some of the subtle warning signs include:
  1. They insist on moving too quickly into a relationship.
  2. They can be very charming and may seem too good to be true.
  3. They insist that you stop participating in leisure activities or spending time with family and friends.
  4. They are extremely jealous or controlling.
  5. They do not take responsibility for their actions and blame others for everything that goes wrong.
  6. They criticize their partner’s appearance and make frequent put-downs.
  7. Their words and actions don’t match.
  • Any one of these behaviors may not indicate abusive actions, but it’s important to know the red flags and take time to explore them.
Is it possible for abusers to change?
  • Yes, but they must make the choice to change.
  • It’s not easy for an abuser to stop abusive behavior, and it requires a serious decision to change. Once an abuser has had all of the power in a relationship, it’s difficult to change to a healthy relationship with equal power and compromises.
  • Sometimes an abuser stops the physical violence, but continues to employ other forms of abuse – emotional, sexual, or financial. Some abusers are able to exert complete control over a victim’s every action without using violence or only using subtle threats of violence. All types of abuse are devastating to victims.
Are men victims of domestic violence?
  • Yes, men are sometimes victims of domestic abuse.
  • A 2001 U.S. study revealed that 85 percent of the victims were female with a male batterer. The other 15 percent includes intimate partner violence in gay and lesbian relationships and men who were battered by a female partner.
  • One in four women will be the victim of domestic violence at some point in her lifetime.
  • Women are 90-95 percent more likely to suffer domestic violence than are men.
  • When we talk about domestic violence, we’re not talking about men versus women or women versus men. We’re talking about violence versus peace. We’re talking about control versus respect.
  • Domestic violence affects us all, and all of us – women, children and men – must be part of the solution.
How does the economy affect domestic violence?
  • A sour economy does not cause domestic violence but can make it worse. It’s like throwing gasoline on a fire.
  • The severity and frequency of abuse can increase when factors associated with a bad economy are present.
  • Job loss, housing foreclosures, debt, and other factors contribute to higher stress levels at home, which can lead to increased violence.
  • As the violence gets worse, a weak economy limits options for survivors to seek safety or escape.
  • Domestic violence programs need more staff and funding to keep up with the demand for their services.
  • Victims may have a more difficult time finding a job to become financially independent of abusers.
What can I do to help?
  • Everyone can speak out against domestic violence. The problem will continue until we all stand up with one resounding voice and say, “no more!
  • Members of the public can donate to local, statewide or national anti-domestic violence programs or victim assistance programs.
  • We can teach our children about what healthy relationships look like by example and by talking about it.
  • You can call on your public officials to support life-saving domestic violence services and hold perpetrators accountable. 
The below Power and Control wheel pertains to victims both male and female.
It isn’t always easy to identify abuse in an intimate relationship. If you’ve experienced any of these red flags, you may be in an abusive relationship.
Has your partner ever:
  • Physically assaulted you?
  • Threatened you with a weapon?
  • Isolated you from friends and family?
  • Monitored your phone?
  • Hurt your children or pets?
  • Pressured you into sex?
  • Continuously humiliated, insulted, degraded or shamed you?
Know the signs and don't be afraid to speak out!
Teen Dating Violence
Dating violence is a type of intimate partner violence. It occurs between two people in a close relationship. The nature of dating violence can be physical, emotional, or sexual.
  • Physical—This occurs when a partner is pinched, hit, shoved, slapped, punched, or kicked.
  • Psychological/Emotional—This means threatening a partner or harming his or her sense of self-worth. Examples include name calling, shaming, bullying, embarrassing on purpose, or keeping him/her away from friends and family.
  • Sexual—This is forcing a partner to engage in a sex act when he or she does not or cannot consent. This can be physical or nonphysical, like threatening to spread rumors if a partner refuses to have sex.
  • Stalking—This refers to a pattern of harassing or threatening tactics that are unwanted and cause fear in the victim.
Dating violence can take place in person or electronically, such as repeated texting or posting sexual pictures of a partner online.
Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime. Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship. However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.
Why is dating violence a public health problem?
Dating violence is a widespread issue that has serious long-term and short-term effects. Many teens do not report it because they are afraid to tell friends and family.
  • Among high school students who dated, 21% of females and 10% of males experienced physical and/or sexual dating violence.
  • Among adult victims of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner, 22% of women and 15% of men first experienced some form of partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age.
How does dating violence affect health?
Dating violence can have a negative effect on health throughout life. Youth who are victims are more likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety, engage in unhealthy behaviors, like using tobacco, drugs, and alcohol, or exhibit antisocial behaviors and think about suicide. Youth who are victims of dating violence in high school are at higher risk for victimization during college.
Who is at risk for dating violence?
Factors that increase risk for harming a dating partner include the following:
  • Belief that dating violence is acceptable
  • Depression, anxiety, and other trauma symptoms
  • Aggression towards peers and other aggressive behavior
  • Substance use
  • Early sexual activity and having multiple sexual partners
  • Having a friend involved in dating violence
  • Conflict with partner
  • Witnessing or experiencing violence in the home
How can we prevent dating violence?
The ultimate goal is to stop dating violence before it starts. Strategies that promote healthy relationships are vital. During the preteen and teen years, young people are learning skills they need to form positive relationships with others. This is an ideal time to promote healthy relationships and prevent patterns of dating violence that can last into adulthood.
Many prevention strategies are proven to prevent or reduce dating violence. Some effective school-based programs change norms, improve problem-solving, and address dating violence in addition to other youth risk behaviors, such as substance use and sexual risk behaviors.8,9 Other programs prevent dating violence through changes to the school environment or training influential adults, like parents/caregivers and coaches, to work with youth to prevent dating violence.
How does CDC approach prevention?
CDC uses a four-step approach to address public health problems like dating violence.
Step 1: Define the problem
Before we can prevent dating violence, we need to know how big the problem is, where it is, and who it affects. CDC learns about a problem by gathering and studying data.
Step 2: Identify risk and protective factors
It is not enough to know that dating violence is affecting a certain group of people in a certain area. We also need to know why. CDC conducts and supports research to answer this question.
Step 3: Develop and test prevention strategies
Using information gathered in research, CDC develops and evaluates strategies to prevent violence.
Step 4: Ensure widespread adoption
In this final step, CDC shares the best prevention strategies and may provide funding or technical help so communities can adopt these strategies.
Where can I learn more?
National Dating Abuse Helpline and Love is Respect:
1-866-331-9474 or text loveis to 22522
National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
National Sexual Assault Hotline
1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
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