Service Overview

The Department of Public Safety is dedicated to assisting in the reduction of incidents of interpersonal violence.  We are dedicated to responding to and investigating sexual assaults, domestic/partner violence, and stalking. Our goal is to increase the likelihood that incidents of interpersonal violence are reported to DPS, enhance our response to survivors and hold offenders accountable.  Our officers will connect victims and survivors with a variety of campus and local community resources, including safety planning, medical assistance and accommodations for housing, academics, transportation, and work. 

Interpersonal Violence

Special Victims Services (SVS) enhances DPS' response to interpersonal violence crimes which include: sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking. We are trained to respond to and investigate all types of crimes including interpersonal violence crimes.

 

SEXUAL ASSAULT
Sexual assault is defined under Michigan Law as unconsented sexual contact or sexual penetration. See Michigan Law (MCL 750.520 a-f):
  • 750.520a Definitions
  • 750.520b Criminal sexual conduct in the first degree
  • 750.520c Criminal sexual conduct in the second degree
  • 750.520d Criminal sexual conduct in the third degree
  • 750.520e Criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree
  • 750.520f Second Offense Penalty
Evidence considerations:

Sexual assault is a crime and survivors of sexual assault are entitled to have a sexual assault medical examination and evidence collection kit (within 120 hours of the assault) completed by a trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) with no cost to the survivor. YWCA of Greater Flint, Hurley Hospital and other area hospitals offer these examinations with no obligation to file a police report. SANE nurses can also provide information and treatment for STDs, pregnancy and other medical needs. The evidence kit will be retained by the hospital for at least one year unless the survivor chooses to file a police report and releases the evidence to the police agency with jurisdiction.

There are many other forms of evidence that DPS may attempt to collect and preserve in a criminal case.

Options:

DPS is committed to providing sexual assault survivors with as many options as allowable under the law for reporting, investigating and prosecuting sexual assault crimes. Domestic Violence, juvenile assaults and ongoing public safety concerns are the most common reasons DPS would investigate and proceed with prosecution without survivors consent.

For more information on DPS' response to sexual assault, click here.
 
 
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Domestic violence is a crime. Michigan Law (MCL 750.81) requires law enforcement agencies with information about a domestic violence incident to respond to, investigate and make an arrest of the offender when probable cause exists to do so. Survivors do not "press charges" under state law the State of Michigan is the complainant.

DPS will assist survivors of domestic violence with filing reports, obtaining medical treatment, safety planning and applying for a Personal Protection Order. We also will provide referrals for other assistance within the community, including advocacy referrals to YWCA of Greater Flint, as well as consideration of accommodations for housing, academics, transportation and work.

 

STALKING

Stalking is defined as a willful course of conduct involving repeated or continuing harassment made against the expressed wishes of another individual, which causes that individual to feel emotional distress including fear, harassment, intimidation or apprehension.

DPS will assist survivors in notifying the suspect to have no further contact with the survivor, applying for a Personal Protection Order and safety planning. DPS refers all survivors of interpersonal crimes to UM-Flint's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Women's Education Center (WEC) and YWCA of Greater Flint for support, counseling and/or advocacy.

For more information about stalking, including resources and prevention strategies, click here.