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dc.contributor.authorHigbee, Mark
dc.contributor.authorEliason, Jon
dc.contributor.authorWeinberg, Hilary
dc.contributor.authorLifshitz, Jonathan
dc.contributor.authorHandmaker, Hirsch
dc.date.accessioned2019-10-08T19:13:47Z
dc.date.available2019-10-08T19:13:47Z
dc.date.issued2019-08-19
dc.identifier.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: 10.1080/10926771.2019.1653412en_US
dc.identifier.issn1092-6771
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/10926771.2019.1653412
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/634693
dc.description.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.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipHickey Family Foundationen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTDen_US
dc.rightsCopyright © 2019 Taylor & Francis.en_US
dc.subjectDVen_US
dc.subjectintimate partner violenceen_US
dc.subjecttraumatic brain injuryen_US
dc.subjectofficersen_US
dc.subjectassessmenten_US
dc.subjectstrangulationen_US
dc.subjectsexual assaulten_US
dc.titleInvolving Police Departments in Early Awareness of Concussion Symptoms during Domestic Violence Callsen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniv Arizona, Dept Child Hlth, Coll Med Phoenixen_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniv Arizona, Dept Radiol, Coll Meden_US
dc.identifier.journalJOURNAL OF AGGRESSION MALTREATMENT & TRAUMAen_US
dc.description.note12 month embargo; published online: 19 August 2019en_US
dc.description.collectioninformationThis item from the UA Faculty Publications collection is made available by the University of Arizona with support from the University of Arizona Libraries. If you have questions, please contact us at repository@u.library.arizona.edu.en_US
dc.eprint.versionFinal accepted manuscripten_US
dc.source.volume28
dc.source.issue7
dc.source.beginpage826-837


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