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Domestic violence and police response

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When people live together or spend a lot of time together, things can get hostile or even violent. Every year, over 15,000 people calls to police in California about domestic violence. But domestic violence doesn't just happen in civilian homes. It also happens in the homes of police officers. However, domestic violence is not restricted to civilian police officer’s families also have to face domestic violence. To stop this genocide Police and domestic violence organizations are working hand to hand to stop this violence.

Domestic violence is defined by the state of California as “abuse or threats of abuse when the person being abused and the abuser are or have been in an intimate relationship (married or domestic partners, dating or used to date, living or lived together, or have a child together).” It is also when the person being abused and hurting them is related by blood or marriage.

Abuse does not have to be physical for there to be domestic violence. Domestic violence can be emotional, verbal, or mental. Domestic violence includes the following someone hitting them, threatening them, bothering them, destroying their property, or making them feel unsafe. It could lead to the police coming to your house if someone calls them.

When you call the police, the problem is no longer something you and your family can handle alone. When the police are called to your home, a fight with your spouse or family can become something else. Law enforcement officers have a set way of dealing with claims of domestic violence and are ready to make an arrest to stop domestic abuse that is happening or could happen.


What will a police officer do when he or she gets a call about domestic violence?

Most of the time, when a police officer gets a call about domestic violence, they will err on the side of caution and decide whether or not to make an arrest based on how strong the evidence is. This means that abuse must have happened more often than not. The police will try to talk to the alleged abuser, the alleged victim, and any witnesses in order to make a report and look into the abuse. They will look for signs of domestic violence or violence that have been going on for a long time, such as marks of abuse on the victim's skin, signs of emotional distress, or signs of anger from the person who is said to be the abuser. If they think someone will get hurt if they don't step in, they may ask one of the parties if they want to file for an emergency protective order or domestic assault charges (EPO).


Ending Note

If police come to your door during a domestic dispute, do not say anything that could cause self-incrimination later during trial. This is because the police report of what occurred and what they observed responding to the call can become evidence in a case against the individual for a domestic violence charge. That’s how police and domestic violence organization are doing their work to stop this genocide.



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