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NCJ Number: 156794 Find in a Library
Title: Thorough DV (Domestic Violence) Investigation
Journal: Law Enforcement Quarterly  Dated:(August-October 1995)  Pages:11-14
Author(s): T Santana
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 4
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article provides detailed investigative guidelines for police officers in domestic violence cases, such that convictions can be obtained even when the victim fails to cooperate when the case comes to trial.
Abstract: In domestic violence cases, police officers should focus on evidence that a crime was committed and the identity and arrest of the perpetrator. Police officers are not responsible for nurturing or repairing problematic relationships. The investigation of domestic violence cases is as important as the investigation of any violent crime. Many perpetrators of such violence are serious, violent criminals who have a criminal history. A domestic violence conviction, which can be a felony, may assist toward a lengthy incarceration under a "three strikes" law. Further, investigations of domestic violence incidents should be sufficiently thorough to obtain convictions even when the victim does not cooperate. This involves obtaining statements immediately from apparent victims, defendants, and witnesses; taking photographs of injuries and the crime scene; obtaining information on relatives and friends, in the event the victim changes residences to avoid a subpoena; securing physical evidence that violence occurred; and obtaining statements from any medical personnel who treated the victim. When the responding officer believes the defendant is particularly dangerous, the officer should attempt to get a bail enhancement from a duty judge.
Main Term(s): Police domestic violence training
Index Term(s): Domestic assault; Female victims; Investigative techniques; Police policies and procedures
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