Domestic Violence Awareness

Domestic Violence Awareness
The response to domestic violence is no longer crisis intervention but crime intervention. The goals of the police are to stop the violence, make the victim safe or safer, and to hold the batterer accountable.

In this one-hour presentation the police response to domestic violence is discussed. We offer information on current police procedure when domestic violence is suspected. How probable cause is established from evidence of the victim's injury, statements from those involved, and evidence gathered at the scene. We discuss the components of the investigation, from photographs of the victim's injuries, 9-1-1 tapes, medical records, paramedic run sheets, and impounded evidence, all of which relate to a successful prosecution.

This presentation also discusses the stages in the victim's experience from denial through living without violence. For a victim, leaving is a process, not an act.

For more information, please contact the State College Police Department's Community Relations/Crime Prevention Section at (814) 234-7150 or email

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