Domestic Violence Liaison
Officer Ilona Dorosh is our police department's primary domestic violence liaison officer and is one several sexual assault investigators in our department.
Reaching Those Affected by Domestic Violence
In collaboration with various agencies including the Northwestern District Attorney's office, Officer Dorosh is able to share current resources, legal updates and training with fellow officers to enhance our outreach to those affected by domestic violence and violent crimes within our community.
In her role as liaison officer, Officer Dorosh attends meetings with members of the District Attorney's office, the Department of Children and Families, domestic violence advocates and area police departments. In these task force meetings, information is shared about ongoing efforts to assist survivors of domestic violence, and there are training and networking opportunities for people working to prevent domestic and sexual violence.
Domestic Violence High Risk Program
Additionally, Officer Dorosh attends meetings through the District Attorney's office as part of the Domestic Violence High Risk Program. The objectives of this program are to reduce domestic violence homicides and to identify the most serious, repeat offenders. Evidence-based research has shown that high risk behaviors substantially increase the level of risk for victims. By identifying high risk behaviors and sharing case information, the team makes recommendations that maximize offender accountability and survivor safety.
Interceding Domestic Violence Incidents
All officers of the Easthampton Police Department are trained and equipped to intercede in domestic violence incidents. Officers are available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week to provide assistance.
Domestic Violence Intervention Project (DVIP)
We work closely with the Northwestern District Attorney's office which, in addition to having advocates on staff, sponsors domestic violence prevention initiatives including the Domestic Violence Intervention Project (DVIP). DVIP provides survivors of abuse access to trained domestic violence advocates shortly after the police response. Domestic violence advocates can assist survivors in applying for a restraining order during court hours, after 8 pm on weekdays, and 24-hours on weekends and holidays.
The domestic violence advocates offer a wide range of resources to a survivor or anyone in need of information or services. Survivors can also apply for a restraining order with the assistance of local or state police after hours and on weekends when Court is not in session.
Reach an Officer
To reach an on-duty officer for assistance 24-hours a day, call 413-527-1212. If you have an emergency dial 911.