Handbook on Effective Police Responses to Violence against Women

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Designed for first-responders such as the police, this handbook explains the issue of police response to violence against women, provides an overview of relevant norms and standards, and gives guidance on how to intervene. In particular, it focuses on how to investigate acts of violence against women—a process that requires considerable sensitivity.

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Procedural law

As one approach to domestic violence, some States have adopted a policy of mandatory arrest and charging, where evidence permits. Other States have adopted policies requiring police to conduct an investigation, with thorough documentation and interviews of victims, witnesses and alleged offenders, whenever an incident of domestic violence is reported. Each approach, in their own way, seeks to ensure that measures are in place to protect victims.

English French, Spanish

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