A case is considered domestic violence when the victim and offender are related through blood or marriage, or are associated by current or former partnership. “Domestic violence” is not a specific type of crime; any crime may be considered domestic violence if it occurs between people who are associated in one of these ways.
Sexual assault is any inappropriate sexual contact between a victim and offender whether there is a prior relationship or not. This may include incidents involving spouses, intimate partners, children, and strangers.
Child abuse is physical or sexual abuse against a child committed by an adult or another child.
If you need information about a current or disposed domestic violence, sexual assault, or child abuse case handled by the FVSA Unit, please call the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit at (215) 686-8096 or e-mail DA.Victimservices@phila.gov.