Responding to a Domestic Assault

The most important role of a police officer in responding to a domestic assault is to assessing and analyzing the situation. Analytical skills are important in response to a domestic call because miscalculation of steps can lead to the abuser harming the victim or insufficient acquisition of information. It is the role of the police officer to deal with the situation as a high priority because men are known to trivialize domestic violence (Lockwood & Prohaska, 2015). Assessment starts when the police arrive at the scene. The police should try and make their arrival as discrete as possible and avoid announcing their arrival e.g. through sirens. The police should listen in carefully before they announce their arrival to obtain important information on the nature of the confrontation. Listening from outside can provide crucial information such as the reason of the confrontation and the magnitude of the confrontation. The cues obtained from the listening in first are crucial in determining the next course of action. This is done because the victim might be in an emotional state or is a state of fear making it difficult to collect rightful information. 

The police officers can also analyze upon arrival if there needs to be an immediate intrusion to the house if the confrontation is violent and it does not require time to wait. The police might force their way in or knock the door according to the assessment of the situation. The second type of assessment will be observation of the harm caused to the victim and interviewing the parties involved. At this stage, information sought would be abuser’s history of criminal record, history of restraining orders, past threats of violence, access to weapons, and general history of violence to others. The police have to analyze any bodily harm on the victim and also analyze the crime scene for important cues.  After analyzing all the information, the police can make the decision on the level of risk that the victim is in. The police can use the information collected to make a mandatory arrest or leave without making any arrest. 

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