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Domestic Assault Response Training (DART)

This NCACIA course is a 24-hour (3 day) course.  Topics of instruction will include:

Day 1: The Problem of Domestic Violence and Abuse


On the first day, participants will learn about the prevalence and history of domestic assault, as well as the effects of power and control on victims. They will also explore barriers to leaving and disclosure, the formation of violence in offenders, and the impact of ACEs, attachment, and narcissism on domestic assault. Additionally, the course will cover vulnerable populations and their unique needs.

Day 2: How Law Enforcement Should Respond


On the second day, participants will focus on responding to incidents of domestic assault. They will learn about the dangers that officers face when responding to domestic violence calls, and how to manage these situations safely. The course will cover strangulation and stalking, including risk assessment and investigative tools. Additionally, participants will learn about the services available to victims, including adult FI’s and forensic exams.

Day 3: Offender Psychology & Interviewing


On the final day, participants will explore the psychology of domestic violence offenders, including the dynamics of police and power positions as abusers. They will learn techniques for interviewing offenders, including strategies for building rapport, gaining information, and maintaining control. Participants will also learn about self-care and available resources. The course will conclude with a test and evaluation to ensure that participants have acquired the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively respond to domestic assault incidents.

Overall, this course will provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the problem of domestic assault, the importance of an appropriate response, and strategies for supporting victims and holding offenders accountable. Upon completion of the course, participants will have the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively respond to incidents of domestic assault in their communities.

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