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Lesson #GP40: Responding to Domestic Violence Incidents

Description

Material for a 3-hour lesson, part of the 20-week Basic Training Course, developed by the Kosovo Police Service School.

Summary

Law enforcement response to domestic violence situations has changed dramatically in the last decade. In the past, the response was to handle domestic violence as a “private matter” and the role of the responding officer was to “quiet things down” and then leave the scene allowing the couple to work things out themselves. Today, law enforcement policies handle domestic violence as a criminal offence and when responding to the scene, officers follow stringent policies regarding the arrest of the offender.

Law enforcement represents the entry point into the criminal justice system for a large number of victims and offenders. Police agency training, policies, and procedures can support consistent and effective police intervention when intervening in domestic violence incidents, as well as connecting victims with community services and support. Aggressive and proactive police response can deter further violence and ultimately save lives. Responsive and timely intervention can increase victim safety, enhance investigations, and facilitate successful prosecution.

In this lesson we will discuss the key law enforcement response issues, relating to domestic violence in the context of UNMIK and KPS policy and applicable law and procedures.

The goal of the lesson is to provide the participants with an operational overview of police response to a domestic violence call including dispatcher obligations, conflict assessment, on-scene professional behaviour and report writing.

At the end of this lesson, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify at least eight (8) pieces of information a call taker should obtain and duties and responsibilities of dispatchers according to the lesson.
  2. List at least twenty (20) duties and responsibilities of responding officers as taught in class.
  3. List at least six (6) duties and responsibilities of investigators as stated in the lesson.
  4. List the five (5) duties and responsibilities of Regional Domestic Violence Coordinator based on the lesson.
  5. List four (4) considerations of the responding officer when approaching the residence according to the objective.
  6. List four (4) actions of the responding officer when making the initial contact with occupants as described in the lesson.
  7. Identify eight (8) things the responding officer should do once inside the residence according to the lesson.
  8. Explain the professional police behaviour while interviewing all persons involved in Domestic Violence Incident as stated in the lesson.
  9. List at least ten (10) information that need to be included in the written report on Domestic Violence Incident as taught in class.