THIS RESOURCE PROVIDES INFORMATION AND ANSWERS SOME COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT REPORTING INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE TO THE POLICE.
Reporting intimate partner violence (IPV) to the police can be intimidating and overwhelming. If you have more questions or would like some support during this process, you are encouraged to contact a Legal Support Navigator at The Journey Project. A Legal Support Navigator is a staff member who can provide emotional support and legal system navigation while you consider your legal options and throughout the legal process.
A Note on Language: Language is important. It holds a lot of power. You may identify with the word “survivor,” “victim,” both, or neither. The criminal justice system may refer to you as a “victim,” “complainant,” or “witness,” even though you may not identify with any of these terms. This is the language used by the court and does not mean you or your reaction to the incident is being judged. In this guide, we use the term “survivor.” However, we know that not everyone who has experienced sexual violence and/or intimate partner violence will identify this way.