This specialized unit was established in 1996 within the Southbridge Police Department. Officers are frequently sent to violence-related training courses to continually monitor and modify our department's anti-violence programs. Officers act as liaisons between our department and different organizations to ensure continuity of safety for the victims. Those contact organizations include:
Department of Social Services
Southbridge Community Coalition
Detective Alexandra Rodriguez is responsible for monitoring all domestic violence-related investigations. His duties include filing all domestic violence-related paperwork and keeping restraining orders within the town of Southbridge up to date. He is responsible for follow-up investigations, including home visits and phone calls. He is also responsible for filing all paperwork to other agencies as may be required depending on the incident.
The unit is on call 24 hours a day and is often used to provide transportation for victims to court. The unit is also able to provide cell phones to victims who are in need of communication services. The unit serves as an invaluable service not only to the police department but to the entire community.
We have provided a list of agencies, phone numbers, and the services they provide as resources for victims. Please feel free to call 508-764-5420 at the Southbridge Police Department with any questions or concerns, or a situation that needs attention.
For immediate service for a domestic violence situation in progress please dial 911.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Phone: 800-799-7233 (SAFE)
Disabled Abuse Hotline
Elder Abuse Hotline
New Hope, Inc.
Address 6 River Court Webster, MA 01570 Phone: 508-949-0452 Fax: 508-949-6482 24 Hour Emergency Hotline: 800-323-4673 (HOPE)
Education and Training
Catholic Charities / Worcester County
Address 79 Elm Street Southbridge, MA 01550-2601 Phone: 508-765-5936 Fax: 508-764-4153