Domestic Violence Model_Policy_2009_286439_7

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STATE OF MICHIGAN Model Policy THE LAW ENFORCEMENT RESPONSE TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE July 2009
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State of Michigan Model Policy The Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Violence Revision Date: 7/15/09 - 1 - The Michigan Domestic Violence Law Enforcement Training Project All products of the Michigan Domestic Violence Law Enforcement Training Project were produced in cooperation with law enforcement practitioners, law enforcement trainers, domestic violence service agencies and prosecutorial and judicial representatives. This project was supported by Grant No. 96-WF-NX-0026 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, coordinates the activities of the following program offices and bureaus: Bureau of Justice Assistance, Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Institute of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the office for Victims of Crime. Points of view in this document are those of the authors and producers and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards wishes to thank the Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention & Treatment Board for their financial support of this project.
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State of Michigan Model Policy The Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Violence Revision Date: 7/15/09 - 2 - OVERVIEW Domestic violence is criminal behavior that affects the entire community. Race, age, marital status, socioeconomic class, educational level or occupation does not limit it. Our most important societal interests are at stake. Data from the National Crime Survey indicate that injuries inflicted in domestic violence are as serious as, or more serious than, injuries inflicted in 90% of all violent felonies. The data also show that the severity of injuries sustained in domestic violence assaults is significantly greater than that sustained in stranger assaults. Every year, thousands of deaths in this country are the result of domestic violence. It is imperative that those involved in the criminal justice system work toward applying the most sensible and effective measures to confront the problem of domestic violence. Domestic violence differs from other crimes because of the intimate relationship between the victim and the accused. Notwithstanding this difference, the criminal justice system should respond to domestic violence as it would respond to any crime. Police should arrest and pursue criminal remedies appropriate to the crime that they have probable cause to believe the accused has committed. INTENT AND USAGE The State of Michigan Model Policy Committee was created to address concerns about how law enforcement could further improve its response to domestic violence. The committee developed and published this model policy to assist law enforcement administrators in their efforts to develop a domestic violence response policy specific to
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