Domestic Violence Unit - Who We Are and What We Do


HOTLINE # 716-858-7999 24 hours a day 365 days a year

The Erie County Sheriff's Office (ECSO) provides victims of domestic violence access to services and courts through early intervention to provide safety and support. Our highly trained DV advocates understand the criminal justice, social services, and Family court systems. They are familiar with your communities' resources and can provide you with appropriate referrals. Most importantly, our experienced advocates assist you in better understanding the legal system and how to work with the various programs to lead to the best outcome possible for the victim.


Every Domestic Incident Report (DIR) that law enforcement files is followed up on shortly after an incident occurs. Follow up typically occurs the same or next day the incident(s) occur.

ECSO has 4 DV Specialists, One Unit Coordinator, 3 DV Advocates, and One DV Advocate through Crisis Services specially trained to help victims of Sex Crimes and Family Violence.

  • Safety planning and crisis intervention, shelter options
  • Confidential support for victims of domestic violence, family violence, elder abuse, rape and sexual assault
  • Danger Assessment
  • Referrals to appropriate services
  • Escort to court, legal referrals, and court advocacy
  • Assistance in obtaining an Order of Protection
  • Crisis Intervention and support for victims of Domestic Violence, elder abuse, rape and sexual assault
  • Assistance with application for compensation with NYS Crime Victims Board(VINE Program)


Area schools have education and training available to them on teenage dating violence and recognition of family violence and ways of reporting incidents. The elderly have seminars available to them on elder abuse and domestic violence throughout the area at various locations and upon request.

Training and education are also provided for

  • Dynamics of Domestic Violence- Power and Control
  • Effects of domestic violence on victims and children
  • Teen dating violence
  • Effective response to DV
  • Resources available for victims
  • Safety workshops for caseworkers