Victim Services

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1.


All victims and witnesses of crime are encouraged to file a police report first.  To file a police report, go to the police station or call the Police Communications Center at  (330) 746-7100 for an officer to be dispatched to come and take the report.

Victim services may be obtained through the Mahoning County Prosecutor's office, Victim's of Crime located at 21 West Boardmand Street 6th floor, Youngstown, Oh 44503, 330-740-2330

Domestic Violence

What is the definition of domestic violence?

The offender must:

  1. Knowingly cause or attempt to cause physical harm to a family or household member;

  2. Recklessly cause serious physical harm to a family or household member; or

  3. Knowingly cause a family or household member to believe that the abuser will cause imminent physical harm to the family or household member.

What people are covered by Ohio’s domestic violence laws?

The domestic violence laws apply to persons who abuse a family or household member. "Family or household member" means any of the following who is residing or has resided with the offender: A spouse, a person living as a spouse, or a former spouse of the abuser; A parent, foster parent, or child of the abuser, or another person related by blood or marriage to the abuser: A parent or a child of a spouse, person living as a spouse, or former spouse of the offender, or another person related by blood or marriage to a spouse, person living as a spouse, or former spouse of the abuser. A "person living as a spouse" is a person who is not married to the abuser, but is either cohabitating or has cohabited with the abuser during the past five years. "Cohabitation" means the sharing of family and household responsibilities, including household finances, and having an intimate or close relationship between the abuser and the victim.

Local Domestic Violence Shelter (Mahoning County)
Sojourner House  24-Hour Crisis Line 866-436-6269

 Protection Orders

What is the difference between a restraining order and a civil or criminal protection order (CPO)?

The Mahoning County Domestic Relations court may issue a restraining order in a divorce or separation case to protect one spouse from the other, abusive spouse. The restraining order remains in effect and is enforceable as long as the divorce or legal separation case is pending. It expires upon the termination of the divorce or legal separation case. Enforcing these types of orders are the direct result of a "contempt" order from the Judge or Magistrate.

However, law enforcement officers anywhere in the State of Ohio must enforce civil or criminal protection orders, preferably by arresting the violator under the State's preferred arrest policy set forth in R.C. 2935.03(B)(3) and 2935.032. Law enforcement officers must also respond promptly to any report of a violation of a protection order. In addition, a protection order - especially a civil protection order - may contain additional provisions such as evicting the abuser from the parties' home, awarding temporary child custody or temporary support to the domestic violence victim, or ordering both parties to obtain counseling, (Ohio Legal Services, 2013,


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