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Police to receive increased training on domestic violence

bush 0816SPRINGFIELD — To equip police investigators with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills to respond to domestic violence as soon as they answer a call, the governor signed a proposal sponsored by State Sen. Melinda Bush that would provide additional training for law enforcement officers.

“Domestic violence is often minimized and under reported, and we need to fight preconceived notions of what an abuse situation looks like,” said Bush, D-Grayslake. “More training will assure our officers are better equipped to identify domestic violence situations.”

Current law recommends but does not require police departments to coordinate domestic violence response training with service organizations and develop appropriate arrest procedures. Training under the new legislation is aimed at the prevention of further victimization, focusing on looking beyond the physical evidence of domestic violence and giving officers an understanding of the deeper psychological aspects of abusive relationships.

The legislation was House Bill 5538. It takes effect Jan. 1, 2017.

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