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Identifying the Primary Aggressor – Strack – 2014
Created by Gael Strack in January 2014 for the Child Maltreatment Conference, this PowerPoint addresses challenges for law enforcement officers identifying the dominant aggressor in incidents of domestic violence. It examines the historical perspective, women who use violence, the batterers, and the lethality of strangulation cases. Case scenarios are used, and law and investigation tips are provided.

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Domestic Violence Investigation – Agnew
Created by Mike Agnew, this is an outline of recommended procedure for handling a domestic violence investigation. It includes what to note upon arrival, what to look for regarding the victim, how to handle the suspect, how to best utilize witnesses, how to document evidence, and more.

 

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Domestic Violence Law Enforcement Protocol – Santa Clara County – 2008
Created by the Police Chiefs’ Association of Santa Clara County in 2008, the Domestic Violence Protocol for Law Enforcement provides guidelines and establishes standards for public safety call takers, dispatchers, first responders and investigators in handling domestic violence incidents. The Protocol seeks to interpret and apply statutory and case law relating to domestic violence incident response and investigation. Particular attention is given to protecting victims of domestic violence, including children, other members of the household and pets, through enforcement of restraining orders, medical care, and working with support agencies to provide alternate shelter, relocation services, counseling and legal services.

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Domestic Violence Police Report Supplemental – San Diego Police Department
This is a supplemental form for domestic violence police reports, utilized by the San Diego Police Department. It includes space to document information about the victim’s children, any witnesses, the location of any injuries (with a diagram of the body), the emotional state of both the victim and the suspect, the couple’s relationship, any history of abuse, evidence, resources provided, and more.

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Investigation Areas – Agnew
Created by Mike Agnew, this flow chart depicts the vast number of investigative paths in cases of domestic violence.

 

 

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Sample Warrant and Affidavit for the Search and Seizure of Weapons – Superior Court of New Jersey – 2010
Created by the Superior Court of New Jersey, this is a sample domestic violence warrant for the search and seizure of weapons.  The document also contains a sample affidavit in support of the warrant, and an investigation report form.

 

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She Hit Me Too – Strack – 2001
This is an article written by Gael Strack in August of 2000, and updated in January of 2001. It gives an account of domestic violence in California, and in San Diego, paying specific attention to the rising proportion of female arrests. It recommends specialized training for identifying the primary aggressor in cases of domestic violence, and explains the signs, symptoms, and significance of attempted strangulation cases, how to distinguish between offensive and defensive injuries, how to gather evidence, how to write reports, and how to conduct follow-up investigations.

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Suspicious Injury Report Form – Governor’s Office of Emergency Services – 2003
Created by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, and revised in December of 2003, this form is to be used by law enforcement to document a patient with suspicious injuries.

 

 

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Victim Defendants (Draft) – City of Seattle – 2005
Created by the City of Seattle in April of 2005, this document explains how victims are sometimes accused by their batterers, making them the defendants in cases of domestic violence, and discusses how domestic violence victims can be identified as the true victims.

 

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Why the Abused Should Not Become the Accused – Gaddy – 2010
Written by Erin Gaddy and published by NPRI of the National District Attorneys Association, this article discusses why a victim of domestic violence should not face legal consequences for recantation or failure to cooperate with the prosecution of her case. It explains the impact of arresting a victim, the decision-making process in choosing to arrest a victim, and alternatives to arrest.

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When the Law Keeps Its Promise – Wynn – 2012

Presented during the 2012 Family Justice Center conference, Mark Wynn explores the interconnected nature of violence against women, the importance of police leadership in enhancing officer response, an examination of our organizational culture, our range of tools to strengthen our efforts, and the value of collaboration.

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