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What to Expect When Officers Arrive

  • Expect the officer to wish to speak with everyone in the house.  Do not let the abuser answer the door and state that no one is home or everything is fine.

  • Expect the officer to walk through the home for safety reasons.

  • Expect the officer to separate the victim and the suspect in order to interview each.

  • Expect the officer to ask what has happened prior to calling 911 from each party.

  • Expect the officer to ask for the history of the violence in the relationship.  Do not hide the issue due to additional investigative techniques utilize to provide information.

  • Expect the officer to ask the victim to write a statement regarding the incident and previous issues of violence.

  • Expect the officer to take pictures of property damage, injuries of both parties and of the children.

  • Expect of the officer to interview the children for safety factors.

  • Expect of the officer to provide the victim with information regarding rights and services available.

  • Expect the officer to make an arrest if there is evidence to support the case.

  • Expect the officer to dial the crisis line number for the victim prior to leaving the scene.