Domestic Violence for Crisis Negotiators

Course Description

Approximately 50-80% of all critical incidents involving barricaded suspects, and/or hostages, are related to domestic violence. Domestic violence-related incidents are considered by many negotiators as “one of the worst” cases to handle – because they can result in “the worst” potential outcomes. Of particular concern are the children who are also victims in these abusive relationships and are often directly involved in these crisis incidents.

This course is intended to provide the latest information regarding domestic violence to the crisis negotiators who are required to employ such information together with highly developed communication skills, in order to resolve these incidents as peacefully as possible. The course will provide the student with the opportunity to consider strategies and themes which may be unique to domestic violence, and which may be particularly effective in related critical incidents.

The course will emphasize a team approach as the optimum for operational effectiveness. The course assumes that the team’s common understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence-related situations will lead to greater coordination of effort in the field.

Course Topics

  • Dynamics of Domestic Violence
  • Indicators of Progress
  • Perpetrator Characteristics
  • Unique DV Situations
  • Evidence and Incident After-care
  • Intelligence
  • Negotiator Characteristics
  • Interviewing Victims and Witnesses
  • Legal Concerns
  • Incident Management and Command
  • Risk Factors and Lethality
  • Strategies and Techniques

Course Certification Number: 9070-32349
Course Certification Hours: 24

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Course Fee Information:

Reimbursement Plan IV: There is no tuition for POST reimbursable agencies. Student travel and per diem reimbursement will be via Training Reimbursement Request (TRR) for POST reimbursable agencies only.
Non-Reimbursable agencies: No tuition. There is no reimbursement for travel and per diem.

Course Disclaimer:

This project is supported by Grant No. PO14018519 awarded by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Service (Cal OES). The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibit are those of the author(s) and not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women or the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Service (Cal OES). The the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Service (Cal OES) reserves a royalty-free, nonexclusive, and irrevocable license to reproduce, publish, and use this material and to authorize others to do so.


If you are not Law Enforcement you must have prior approval to attend this course.  Please contact Marisa McCullough at for approval.  

Course Date(s)

  • 2/17/16 – Sacramento
    February 17, 2016 - February 19, 2016
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • 5/10/16 – Irvine
    May 10, 2016 - May 12, 2016
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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