POLICE Department

Family Violence Unit

Family Violence Unit LogoThe Family Violence Unit is an investigative unit under the Major Assaults & Family Violence. We investigate cases occurring within the city limits of Houston in which the complaining witness is related to the offender through marriage and extends to: former spouses, family members and former family members, in-laws, girlfriends, boyfriends, intimate partners, roommates, or acquaintances. We investigate assaults, kidnapping, harassment, and other related crimes such as injury to a child or the elderly. There are four locations: downtown, north, south, and the west sides of the city. The Family Violence Unit is comprised of Investigators, Crisis Counselors, Senior Police Service Officers, and Administrative and Supervisory staff.

MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the Family Violence Unit is to work toward ending family violence in our community. To accomplish this mission, the Family Violence Unit takes a holistic, threefold approach: train the police officers, educate the public, and investigate domestic abuse crimes.

Cycle of Violence

Do you fear your partner?
Has your freedom been severely limited?
Is your partner a bully?
Can you express your opinions freely?


Have you been shot, stabbed, sexually assaulted, threatened with a deadly weapon, strangled, slapped, punched, verbally and/or emotionally abused, stalked and harassed or suffered any other form of violence by an intimate partner, a family member, in-law, boyfriend, girlfriend, roommate or acquaintance? There is help if you believe you are a victim of family violence! The Houston Police Department, Special Victims Division, has a specialized unit called the Family Violence Unit that investigates cases of family violence. Family violence is commonly known as domestic violence or domestic abuse. To learn more about family violence and the services the Family Violence Unit offers, please click on the underlined key words or links. If you need to speak with a counselor, please call (713) 308-1100 and you will be directed to the unit in your area.


Family Violence Unit Locations:

The administrative offices for Family Violence Division are located at the Edward A. Thomas Building, 1200 Travis, 19th floor. If you are unsure of the location nearest you, contact (713) 308-1100.

Family Violence Units - Main Line (713) 308-1100
• South Investigative Unit (832) 394-1793
• West Investigative Unit (832) 394-5611
• North Investigative Unit (832) 394-3600
Administrative Unit (713) 308-8890