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Police Protocol in Cases of Domestic Violence

From Peel Regional Police

What police should do:

  • Conduct a thorough investigation
  • Advise victims that police will lay charges when reasonable grounds exist
  • Advise that neither police nor victims can withdraw charges
  • Obtain statements (Written/Videotaped)
  • Take photographs (Scene/Injuries) when appropriate
  • Gather evidence (Answering Machine Tapes/Notes/Etc)
  • Obtain services of interpreters when needed
  • Provide support for children when present
  • Provide a Safety Plan when appropriate
  • Provide information about available victim services
  • Suggest another place of safety when concerns exist
  • Remain until satisfied there is no further threat to victim
  • Complete a Risk Assessment when charges are laid in cases of intimate relationships
  • Where charges are not laid, give advice on Restraining Orders, Peace Bonds and how to contact shelters and Victim Services of Peel.

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