Course Catalogue

Evidence-based, Risk-focused Domestic Violence Investigations

Evidence-based, Risk-focused Domestic Violence Investigations

See also: Assessing Risk and Safety Planning in Domestic Violence Investigations

Investigating incidents of domestic violence can be daunting. Such cases can be unpredictable and dangerous, and the outcomes are often frustrating. While police officers are critical to keeping victims of domestic violence safe, they are only one part of the system that manages the complexities of these cases in the criminal justice process. This course has been developed by the BC Ministry of Justice in collaboration with BC police, Crown Counsel, Victim Services, Community Corrections, and the Ministry of Children and Family Development to ensure that all police officers in BC have access to current information on the approaches recommended by experts in the field.

Evidence-based, Risk-focused Domestic Violence Investigations emphasizes the importance of evidence-based and risk-focused investigations as a means to promoting victim safety. It also encourages officers to take a proactive and collaborative approach to managing victim safety. By providing recommended best practices from police and other experts in the field, this course educates and alerts officers to the potential risk factors that may be present in domestic violence cases.

Special notes on this course:

  • This course was originally developed for British Columbia police officers and successful completion of this course is mandatory for all frontline police officers in the Province of British Columbia.
  • Customized versions of this course are also available for Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, and Nunavut personnel. Access to police officers in other jurisdictions is available on request.
  • When registering to this course, please be sure to indicate your preferred version (BC, AB, MB, NS or NU).

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define Domestic Violence
  • Explain the roles and responsibilities of Police Officers and Supervisors
  • Explain the Provincial policy and your Police Agency's policy on Domestic Violence
  • Explain the role of a 'Spousal' or 'K' file designation
  • Explain the roles of the Ministry of Children and Family Development, Victim Services, Crown Counsel, and Community Corrections
  • Explain the importance of identifying risk factors in Domestic Violence
  • Explain how to gather information for assessing risk
  • Identify Domestic Violence risk factors
  • Explain safety planning and officer safety considerations
  • Explain the importance of the 9-1-1 call, identifying premise and Subject history, and checking for Orders and firearms
  • Explain the right and duty to enter premises
  • Identify key evidence to gather, including how to gather statements
  • Explain importance of identifying a Primary Aggressor
  • Explain the characteristics of Criminal Harassment
  • Explain how to handle a Gone on Arrival (GOA) Domestic Violence Suspect
  • Explain best practices and the Police Officer's role in Supported Victim Management
  • Identify barriers to effective Victim Management
  • Identify factors in Abuse-Related Trauma
  • Explain how to prevent Suspect/Victim contact through detention and release conditions
  • Explain what should be included in a Report to Crown Counsel
  • Explain best practices to promote suspect cooperation with release/probation conditions

Target Audience

This performance-based course is considered mandatory learning for Police and Police Supervisors in both the Independent Municipal Police and RCMP in BC. Any officer who may be attending a Domestic Violence call, following-up on a Domestic Violence investigation, or supervising a Domestic Violence Investigation is required to complete this course.

Content Provider

The content for this course has been developed by experts from various British Columbia agencies including the Ministry of Justice, independent municipal police agencies, the RCMP, Crown Counsel, Victim Services, Community Corrections, and the Ministry of Children and Family Development.


Price: $25.00 / Free to BC Police Officers

Content Provider: BC Ministry of Justice

Language: English

Length: 3.5 hours


Release Date: 2009-11-29