VICTIM ASSISTANCE

Domestic Violence
 

What is Domestic Violence? In Washington State, domestic violence is defined as a family or household member committing crime against another family or household member. Domestic violence can be physical, emotional or sexual abuse. It's rarely a one-time incident and often becomes a pattern of behavior. Several crimes are specifically named as acts of domestic violence including: 

  • Assault

  • Burglary

  • Kidnapping

  • Malicious mischief

  • Rape

  • Stalking

  • Trespass

  • Violating protection or no-contact orders

 

View the Revised Code of Washington (RCW 10.99.020) for further definition of domestic violence. Get HelpIf you know someone who is being abused by an intimate partner, family or household member, tell the Colfax Police Department. Domestic violence is not likely to stop and usually gets worse until someone intervenes.    If you are the victim of domestic violence, it is not your fault.  You don't deserve it.  It's ok to ask for help. Get help now: Colfax Police Department: 509-397-4616

 
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ID Theft / Fraud

 

Internet crime generally falls into the broad categories of fraud (theft) and identity theft. The darkest side of internet crime lies with predators who use the internet to groom and then lure people, especially children, into situations where they become physically and emotionally victimized. There is no single law enforcement agency that monitors or investigates cybercrime. Because criminals can live anywhere in the world, most law enforcement agencies are limited in the help they can provide. Victims are left to struggle with creditors, the credit bureaus and collection agencies. Preventative Measures

  • Be extra careful when making online purchases through unknown merchants or auctions. If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.  

  • Do not respond to emails that ask you to confirm any personal information. When in doubt, contact the business in question directly.

  • If you use a credit or debit card online, make sure the issuing bank covers fraudulent charges made against the card.

  • Look for endorsements by the Better Business Bureau and the TRUSTe organization. You can contact these organizations directly to verify if the business you are interested in is a member in good standing.

  • Monitor your children when they are on the Internet.

  • Never give your personal information to anyone or any business on the internet. 

  • Use a hardware firewall or at the very least, use a software firewall.

  • Use anti-virus software and keep the virus definitions up-to-date. 

 
Get Help


If you are a victim of fraud, threats or harassment, you can contact the following organizations:

Contact:

Colfax Police

400 N Mill Street

509-397-4616

City of Colfax · 400 N Mill Street · Colfax, Washington 99111 · Phone (509) 397-3861 · Fax (509) 397-3044 Non-Emergency Police: 509-397-4616