The Bismarck Police Department is partnering with the Abused Adult Resource Center and members of the Bismarck-Mandan Apartment Association to help reduce incidents of Domestic Violence. The Bismarck Police Department will be distributing a Domestic Violence Flyer to the apartment managers enrolled in the Safe Rental Housing Program. If you are not a member of the Safe Rental Housing Program and would like to enroll in the program you can go to www.bismarck.org/saferental or contact Officer Clint Fuller at 355-1926.
The Bismarck Police Department along with the Abused Adult Resource Center will meet with members of the Bismarck-Mandan Apartment Association on November 19th to encourage property managers to post the Domestic Violence Flyers in their buildings. The Domestic Violence Flyer contains contact information for the Bismarck Police Department as well as the Abused Adult Resource Center.
Domestic Violence occurs every day in Bismarck and we are encouraging victims to recognize the warning signs and to seek help. We are also encouraging witnesses to report incidents when they occur. Domestic Violence is a volatile situation and can have deadly results. We are encouraging people to speak up and to remember that the life you save may be your own.
In 2012 the Bismarck Police Department responded to 1,356 domestic related calls for service, of those calls: 151 aggravated assaults were reported, 79 of those were related to domestic violence. Over half of domestic aggravated assaults involved alcohol. Overall, assaults related to domestic violence made up 57.8% of total assault reports. Domestic disputes also increased by 14.6% and of the 755 simple assaults reported, 445 were related to domestic violence.
The Bismarck Police Department is committed to providing the best service possible to those who have been a victim of crime and working in partnership with the community in order to continue to reduce the incidence of crime in our community and maintain Bismarck’s status as an extremely safe community in which to live.