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How Officers Can Help Prosecutors Convict Domestic Violence Perpetrators

How Officers Can Help Prosecutors Convict Domestic Violence Perpetrators

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By Leischen Stelter, editor of In Public Safety

Police officers are well trained to respond to domestic violence calls, but they don’t always have a full understanding of what information is needed to prosecute such cases.

[Related: Six Ways Officers Can Respond More Effectively to DV Incidents]

American Military University graduate, Scot DuFour, has been an officer since 2004 and currently works as an investigator in a domestic violence prosecutions unit for a district attorney’s office in Colorado. This role has given him greater insight into what evidence and documentation prosecutors need to build a strong case against perpetrators, even when victims recant or change their story.

Listen to the full podcast to learn what steps officers should take every time they respond to a domestic violence call to help prosecutors build their case, including having the victim undergo a forensic medical exam, documenting stalking behavior, and interviewing children.

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