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Seminar Title:  
Domestic Violence

DATES:  8/31/2020 through 9/2/2020

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Mike Coker

LOCATION:  Clinton County Communications Center - 311 Frederick Street, Suite A, Lock Haven , PA  17745

HOTEL:  Best Western - Lock Haven, PA  570-748-3297
Contact Hotel for State Govt. Rate

COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $350.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Sergeant Mike J. Coker (Retired) brings a motivational style of lecture to classes and speaking engagements across the Nation on the topics of Leadership/Supervision and Domestic Violence issues. Mike served as a police officer for 20 years in the Portsmouth, Virginia Police Department. Mike held several supervisory assignments during his tenure: Field Training Officer, Uniform Patrol Supervisor, Homicide and Robbery Squad Commander, Domestic Violence / Sex Crimes Supervisor, School Resource Supervisor, Robbery Task Force Squad Commander, Shift Commander, and Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Police. Mike is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia, and the State University Leadership Course at Pamplin College - Sponsored by the Virginia Police Chief's Association in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Mike's teaching experience includes: The Polaroid Corporation, United States Postal Service, U.S. Attorney's Office - Northern Mississippi District, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, Idaho P.O.S.T., Miami-Dade Police Department, Idaho Governor's Task Force, Suffolk County Long Island, New York, Virginia Juvenile Court Judges, Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, TCLEOSE, Academy of Criminal Justice Services, Eastern Virginia Medical School, St. Louis County Police Training Academy, The U.S. Virgin Island Police, the Island of Mai and Hilo Hawaii Police Departments, Col. Henry F. Williams Homicide Seminar hosted by New York State Police, to name a few. Mike is a past Board of Director's member of Help Emergency Response (HER) - a local battered women's shelter in Portsmouth, Virginia.

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Course Objectives

During this two (2) day course, officers will be presented ideas and techniques to assist them in dealing with domestic violence to include spouse abuse, child abuse and elder abuse.

The letter of the law has changed over the past century. Society no longer has a legal right to act violently towards people with whom they live. But the spirit of the law remains ambivalent, reflecting the mixed feelings of many in our society. Many people, both rich and poor, will believe that family fights should remain a private matter. However, recent developments including the feminist movement and increased attention given to rights and needs of victims, have placed greater pressure on the police and department of social services to treat domestic assaults as seriously as they treat other assaults.

Domestic violence may include not only the intimate partner relationships of spousal, live-in partners and dating relationships, also family, elder and child abuse may be present in a violent home. Abuse generally falls into one or more of the following categories: physical battering, sexual assault and emotional or psychological abuse, including destruction of property and pets, all forms generally escalates over a period of time.

According to the National Coalition of Domestic Violence, battering is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person with whom an intimate relationship is or has been shared through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence. Battering happens when one person believes that they are entitled to control another.

Nature and Scope Of
The Domestic Violence Problem:

  • Family Violence accounted for 11% of all reported violence between 1998 and 2002. Of these roughly 3.5 million violent crimes committed against family members, 49% were crimes against spouses, 11% were sons or daughters victimized by a parent and 41% were crimes against other family members.

  • The most frequent type of family violence offense was simple assault.

  • 75% of all family violence occurred in or near the victim’s residence.

  • 73% of family violence victims were female. Females were 84% of spouse abuse victims and 86% of victims of abuse at the hands of a boyfriend or girlfriend.

  • About 22% of murders in 2002 were family murders. Nearly 9% were murders of a spouse, 6% were murders of sons or daughters by a parent and 7% were murders by other family    members.

  • Females were 58% of family murder victims. Of all the murders of females in 2002, family members were responsible for 43%.

  • Children under age 13 were 23% of murder victims killed by a family member and just over 3% of non-family murder victims.

  • About 90% of offenders in State Prisons for family violence had injured their victim.

  • 50% of offenders in State Prisons for spousal abuse had killed their victims.

Upon Completion:

  • To understand the theories and dynamics of Domestic Violence calls.
  • To identify different roles of service providers.
  • To provide proven on-scene techniques for successful prosecution of offenders.
  • To Recognize 3 Phases of Violence.
  • To understand the advantages of a Pro-Arrest Policy in the reduction of Domestic Violence Homicides.
  • To reveal the importance of case preparation for Trial.
  • To identify the role of Social Services in child abuse cases.
  • To familiarize participants on how stalking impacts Domestic Homicides.

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