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Investigating Domestic Related Homicide

Length of Seminar: 2 Days
Instructor: Multiple

Course Overview:

During this two (2) day course, officers and other helping professionals will be presented with ideas and techniques to assist them in investigating Domestic Homicides. This course of instruction will include intimate partner violence and child homicide investigations.

Every year in the United States there are over 4 million incidents of domestic violence. This means that every 12 seconds someone is beaten by their intimate partner. Domestic violence may include live-in partners and dating relationships. Elder and child abuse cases cannot be ignored from intensive investigations. Unfortunately, these two groups are violated more often than we realize. Abuse generally falls into the following categories: physical, sexual, psychological and destruction of property or pets. Without some type of intervention each category may escalate over a period of time.

The Violence Against Women Act in 1994 was key legislation to curb domestic homicides. While some cities have received remarkable success in reduction of domestic violence murders, others have yet to incorporate aggressive strategies. During the years 1993 and 2002 the rate of family violence declined nationally from an estimated 5.4 victims to 2.1.

The investigation of a homicide is the most detailed and will rank as one of the most significant investigations of any agency. The public is outraged when a homicide occurs and more so when it involves the family. Consequently this makes this type of investigation much more difficult because the perpetrator is someone that the family knows and perhaps love.

Nature and Scope of the Problem In The United States:

  • The U.S. Department of Justice has found that women are far more likely to be the victims of   violent crimes committed by intimate partners than men, especially when a weapon is involved. Moreover, women are much more likely to be victimized at home than in any other place.

  • Intimate partner violence against women is all to common and takes many forms. The most serious is homicide by an intimate partner. Guns can easily turn domestic violence into domestic homicide. In 2005, there were 1858 females murdered by males in single victim/single offender incidents that were submitted to the FBI for its Supplementary Homicide Report.                                

  • For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 92 percent of female victims were murdered by someone they knew.

  • More than 12 times as many females were murdered by a male they knew than were killed by male strangers.

  • For victims who knew their offenders 62 percent of female homicide victims were wives or intimate acquaintances of their killers.

  • There were 317 women shot and killed by either their husband or intimate acquaintance, during the course of an argument.

  • Nationwide more female homicides were committed with firearms (52) percent than with any other weapon. Knives and other cutting instruments accounted for 21 percent of all female murders, bodily force 14 percent, and murder by blunt object 7 percent. Of the homicides committed with firearms, 72 percent were committed  with handguns.


Upon Completion Participants Will Gain Knowledge In:

  • Pro-Arrest philosophy to reduce domestic homicides.

  • Relevant case law in domestic homicide investigations.

  • Collaboration of Services in Child Abuse Cases.

  • Electronic Evidence Collection.

  • Fourth and Fifth Amendment requirements when Investigating Domestic Homicides.

  • Stalking Investigations.

  • Interviewing and Interrogation of Domestic Homicide Offenders.





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