The Rockingham Police Department is committed to putting an end to domestic violence. We have implemented a program which includes a full time detective on each domestic violence case. Detective Steve Odom is responsible for following through on the prosecution of domestic violence offenders and in aiding the victims of domestic violence. Another tool we are utilizing is by listing offenders here on our website. It is the policy of this department to view domestic violence as a serious crime. We hope by putting the pictures of these offenders it will serve as a deterrent to future crimes.
Domestic violence affects everyone in the family and the home. It is not limited by socioeconomic lines, race, age or gender, however, women are 10 times more likely than men to be victimized by a partner or spouse. This department alone responded to over 500 calls of domestic violence in 2006. Listed below are some of the signs to look for in an abuser:
You may be in an emotionally abusive relationship if your partner:1
Calls you names, insults you or continually criticizes you.
Does not trust you and acts jealous or possessive.
Tries to isolate you from family or friends.
Monitors where you go, who you call and who you spend time with.
Does not want you to work.
Controls finances or refuses to share money.
Punishes you by withholding affection.
Expects you to ask permission.
Threatens to hurt you, the children, your family or your pets.
Humiliates you in any way.
You may be in a physically abusive relationship if your partner has ever: