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NCJ Number: 200992 Find in a Library
Title: Massachusetts Domestic Violence Law Enforcement Guidelines, 2002
Corporate Author: Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security
United States of America
Date Published: January 2002
Page Count: 26
Sponsoring Agency: Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security
Boston, MA 02108
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Document: DOC
Type: Policy/Procedure Handbook/Manual
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document presents guidelines for law enforcement response to domestic violence in Massachusetts.
Abstract: The guidelines begin with the definition of abuse and of family or household members, civil liability policy, and procedures. The guidelines on responding to the scene include dispatch and immediate response, probable cause standard, initial observations, entering a private premise, officer’s demeanor, officers’ roles at the scene, and what to do if there is serious injury. Investigation guidelines include interviewing witnesses, information from the scene, and information documentation. The officer must remember to keep a separate record of the address and phone number if the victim will be seeking to hide from the abuser. Arrest guidelines include the decision to arrest, mandatory or preferred arrest, suspect fleeing the scene, dual arrests, substantive dating relationships, arrest of a caretaker, and out-of-state orders or violations. There are guidelines for fingerprinting and photographing of defendants, service of orders, and property. Departmental polices on allegations against law enforcement personnel are described, as well as confidentiality of domestic violence programs locations, and police responsibilities. An officer’s responsibilities include remaining on the scene, obtaining medical treatment, getting the victim to a safe place, notification of rights, and activating the Emergency Judicial Response System. Other responsibilities of the officer involve arrest when appropriate, bail, referrals, incident reports, mandatory reporting, and firearms. The role of the supervisor involves assurances for practice, referrals, and follow-up investigations. Attachments describe abused persons notice of rights, criminal harassment statutes, and stalking statutes.
Main Term(s): Domestic assault arrest policies; Massachusetts
Index Term(s): Arrest and apprehension; Domestic assault; Family offenses; Police crisis intervention; Policy; Spouse abuse statutes
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