Belleville, Ont., police Chief Cory McMullan says she was the victim in a "domestic incident" at her home last Friday.
She says it is common for police to not identify anyone involved in domestic incidents in order to protect victims and their families.
But in an e-mail to the media, Chief McMullan said given her position in the community, "it is important to acknowledge that I am the victim."
Chief McMullan added she suffered injuries "which required medical treatment," but would not be specific since the case is before the courts.
In her e-mail, the police chief also asked the public and media to respect her privacy while her family works through this "extremely difficult time."
Chief McMullan also signalled that she will stay in her post by saying she will continue to be dedicated as chief of police of the Belleville Police Service.
The chief's husband, David McMullan, 53, is charged with assault and assault causing bodily harm. He is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 13.