Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence is a crime that is not often spoke about but occurs in all communities, large or small, and all too regularly. Victims of domestic violence often do not receive the services/support needed for many reasons. These reasons can vary from denial to social and financial implications. Traditionally, law enforcement has responded to domestic violence calls the same way as any other crime. This was with an emphasis on arresting the perpetrator and filing charges. While this approach guaranteed an end of violence for the evening, it did not end the cycle of violence for the victim. The Paola Police Department, as well has many other law enforcement agencies nationwide, have begun to understand this is not effectively preventing future domestic violence incidents.

The Paola Police Department has recently altered our response to these calls. We now place the emphasis on assisting the victim in an attempt to end the cycle of violence. The Paola Police Department is proud to have established a working relationship with SAFEHOME of Johnson County. SAFEHOME offers support to victims of domestic violence ranging from emergency shelter to counseling services. Services offered by SAFEHOME are free and confidential. If you or someone you know is currently in an abusive relationship, the Paola Police Department encourages you to contact an officer for assistance. If you wish to seek information from an officer by email, please email the police department at We have also provided multiple links with helpful information regarding domestic violence below.

Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
National Domestic Violence Hotline
National Network to End Domestic Violence