In 1997 the City of Tonawanda Police Department began it's Domestic violence program called POWER to S.T.O.P. Domestic Violence. When planning this program we realized that pro-arrest alone was not sufficient in terms of stopping family violence.  Victims often times need help from advocacy groups, assistance with the court experiences, and the strict enforcement of Orders of Protection so to increase their chances of escaping the violence and remaining safe

Our POWER to S.T.O.P. Domestic Violence program provided aggressive law enforcement in a collaborative effort with civilian advocacy, referral and court accompaniment. Every domestic violence case receives follow-up.  A civilian counselor offers to work with the victim to help devise a safety plan The plan may include providing emergency shelter, court accompaniment, assistance in obtaining court orders of protection, order of protection compliance monitoring, referral and linkages to a network of care giving agencies, help arranging child care when attending court proceedings, and investigation and prosecution of additional offenses.

For More information on POWER to S.T.O.P. contact:

Detective Mathew Wark @ 716-692-2121  EXT. 308
Civilian Advocate @ 716-692-2121  EXT. 314