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2021 – Responding to Domestic Violence Incidents

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Instructional Goal:

Law enforcement officers will respond to domestic violence incidents on a regular basis in their work, and domestic violence underlies approximately half of all homicides in Maine over time. Best practice response to domestic violence incidents, and seeing through common misunderstandings about the causes and dynamics of domestic violence, are crucial to abuser accountability and victim safety.

Course Objectives:

6.12.1              Identify the dynamics and effects of domestic violence including prevalence, the gendered nature of domestic violence, and the types of abuse.

6.12.2              Identify domestic violence crimes in Maine statute.

6.12.3              Identify lethality factors and high risk behaviors.

6.12.4              Identify how abuser manipulation impacts victims and officers.

6.12.5              Identify myths and facts related to domestic violence.

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