Involving Police Departments in Early Awareness of Concussion Symptoms during Domestic Violence Calls
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Dept Child Hlth, Coll Med Phoenix
Univ Arizona, Dept Radiol, Coll Med
intimate partner violence
traumatic brain injury
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PublisherROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
CitationMark Higbee, Jon Eliason, Hilary Weinberg, Jonathan Lifshitz & Hirsch Handmaker (2019) Involving Police Departments in Early Awareness of Concussion Symptoms during Domestic Violence Calls, Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 28:7, 826-837, DOI: 10.1080/10926771.2019.1653412
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AbstractPolice officers around the world respond to and investigate calls regarding domestic violence (DV) daily. Police departments operate with standard protocols, particularly when engaging in investigations that involve allegations of strangulation or sexual assault. Operating under advisement of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, the Mesa Police Department (Mesa, AZ) has established protocols for detecting, recording, and prosecuting DV cases that involve strangulation and sexual assault. Allegations of strangulation (defined as impeded breathing) or sexual assault prompt officers to offer a forensic nursing exam (FNE) combined with strangulation treatment by forensic nurses at the Mesa Family Advocacy Center. Recognizing the potential for head injury to the assault victim in all DV situations, including intimate partner violence (IPV), the police department has added concussion-awareness training, as well as a point-of-incident investigative tool for its officers to record neurological function of the victim. Officers were instructed to use the ConQVerge device to measure and record the Near Point of Convergence (NPC) as a test of neurological impairment in suspected head injuries. In this article, we discuss the challenges and opportunities for assisting victims of DV strangulation and sexual assault (including non-DV sexual assault) with on-site assessment and consent for further medical assessment and treatment. Additionally, rates of domestic assault victims that report a crime, but decline to follow through with forensic medical tests, are reported for the first time. Lessons learned from the project that inform strategic operations in this space are offered to other agencies prior to the implementation of similar procedures.
Note12 month embargo; published online: 19 August 2019
VersionFinal accepted manuscript
SponsorsHickey Family Foundation