Overview and Response to IPV for Law Enforcement

Overview and Response to IPV for Law Enforcement 

In the past, intimate partner violence (IPV) crimes (also known as domestic violence and family violence) were treated by many law enforcement officers as though they were private family matters rather than crimes. Thankfully, this mentality has shifted due to increased awareness and education about the issues involved in intimate partner violence. It is now more often recognized fully as a crime. Effective law enforcement response to IPV means holding perpetrators accountable, supporting victims, and being consistent in response. Ongoing training on IPV is paramount for all law enforcement personnel. The dynamics of IPV are complex and require ongoing education and training. This course is designed to provide first responders an overview of the dynamics of intimate partner violence and key considerations for initial officer response, investigation, and reporting in these types of cases.


Hours: 1.75


Certificates provided by accrediting body (4 Match)

Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training


Relias Learning is a continuing education sponsor as approved by the Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training. This course Overview and Response to IPV for Law Enforcement, 10397-0094 has been approved by the POST Board for continuing education credit. Peace officers who successfully complete this course will receive 1.00 hours of continuing education.

The sponsor of this course has a written policy for the investigation and resolution of allegations of classroom discrimination. This policy applies to all faculty, instructors, administrative staff, and students. A copy of the policy may be obtained from the sponsor by contacting Relias Support by phone at 1-800-381-2321.

Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers’ Education & Training Commission

1.75 HOURS

This activity is approved for 1.75 contact hours.

Indiana Law Enforcement Academy

1.75 HOURS

This activity is approved for 1.75 contact hours.

Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training

1.75 HOURS

This class has been accredited by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training for 1.75 hours of mandatory continuing education credit. Regarding any law enforcement concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices as might be taught, promoted, or otherwise espoused in outside schools or seminars, there is no intent, expressed or implied, that ‘accreditation’ indicates or in any way conveys ‘CLEET approval’ of such concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices, unless such approval is explicitly stated by CLEET.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PS-0-ORIPVLE
Hours: 1.75
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 9/30/2023
Learning Objectives:
Define intimate partner violence.
Discuss 4 common types of IPV.
List 5 perpetrator dynamics of IPV.
Discuss 4 considerations for interviewing perpetrators of IPV.
List 5 victim dynamics of IPV.
Discuss 8 considerations for interviewing victims of IPV.
Discuss 6 considerations when conducting an on-scene investigation.
Identify 7 key types of information to include in an IPV report.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Defining IPV A. IPV Defined B. Statistics C. Common Types of Abuse D. Importance of Law Enforcement Response E. Case In Point: Tracey Thurman F. Review G. Summary Section 3: Key Considerations for Working with Perpetrators of IPV A. IPV Perpetrator Characteristics B. IPV Perpetrator Dynamics C. Interviewing Perpetrators of IPV D. Case In Point: Kim and David Camm E. Review F. Summary Section 4: Key Considerations for Working with Victims of IPV A. Common Frustrations for Law Enforcement B. IPV Victim Dynamics C. Interviewing Victims of IPV D. Dealing with Those Frustrations E. Case in Point: Nicole Brown Simpson F. Review G. Summary Section 5: Key Considerations for Investigating and Reporting A. Why Investigation Matters B. Pre-arrival information C. Approaching the Scene D. Assessing Level of Danger E. Controlling the Situation F. Documenting Physical Evidence G. Making an Arrest H. Reporting I. Case in Point: Mina Arevalo J. Review K. Summary Section 6: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributor C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations! F. Exam G. BrainSparks

Staff Writer: Kimberly Cobb, M.S.
Mrs. Cobb is a Content Writer for Public Safety and Health and Human Services at Relias. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. Mrs. Cobb has 24 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. She has worked in direct service positions as well as in research, training, and technical assistance capacities. She was the statewide evaluator for the Commonwealth of Kentucky for adult, juvenile, and family drug courts; a Research Associate for the American Probation & Parole Association providing training and technical assistance to Native American Nations/Alaska Native Villages on systemic criminal and juvenile justice initiatives; and a Research Administrator for the University of Kentucky managing federal, state, and foundation grants awarded to the College of Medicine, Behavioral Science department, Center for Drug and Alcohol Research, and Kentucky Rural Medical Centers.


Disclosure: Kimberly Cobb, M.S. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry level Law Enforcement; in the following settings: Law Enforcement.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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