Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Information for Professionals

Criminal Justice

How OPDV Can Help

Overview of the Issue: Initial Law Enforcement Officer Response

Observations, Statement and Reports: A Law Enforcement Checklist

The purpose of this checklist is to help identify and gather evidence and essential information. Accurate Domestic Incident Reports (DIRs) can provide the context of current acts and the basis for follow-up investigation. This includes documenting:

Reports should also include:

Victim
Suspect

Note: Remember Miranda Requirements re: Custodial Interrogation!

Witnesses
Evidence