Dynamics of Domestic Violence

Dynamics of Domestic Violence

12-11-19 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Central Illinois Police Training Center
Address: 5407 North University Street Poplar Hall P101


Brian Fengel, Director
Illinois Central College-Peoria Campus-Poplar Hall
Office P100
Classroom P101
5407 N. University Street P100
Peoria, IL 61635-0001
Phone: (309) 690-7350
Fax: (309) 690-7359
Jean Swan: jswan@icc.edu
Heather Grove: hgrove@icc.edu

Dynamics of Domestic Violence

Instructor: Gail Sullivan

December 112019
8am – 4pm

Class will meet in our classroom (above)
Enrollment Deadline: December 4, 2019
Course Size: Minimum -15, Maximum – 64
Course Objective

Police officers represent the front line in the service response to domestic violence. Law enforcement has a unique perspective on this all too common social problem. Officers are often asked to intervene in this life-long problem of citizens in a few minutes. Answering a domestic disturbance call is the second most dangerous call an officer can answer. This training takes into consideration the frustration of multiple calls to one address, the disenchantment of not understanding the dynamics of the repeat victim and the efforts that are being put into place to hold all parties accountable.

Understanding the dynamics of domestic violence is paramount to law enforcement when they are evaluating and interpreting evidence and interviews at the domestic violence scene. Maintaining a working and updated understanding of legal mandates regarding domestic violence is imperative to successful law enforcement. Law enforcement also needs a positive and essential relationship with other organizations whose mission is to assist domestic violence issues. The successful law enforcement officer has working knowledge of all of the aspects of domestic violence ranging from a psychological, legal, forensic, social and prevention.

Course Content
  • Psychological:
    Psychology of domestic violence
    Physical/psychological implications
    Actions of abusers and victims
    Long term effects upon victims and children
    Dynamics of aggression and manipulation
    Offender behavioral cycles
    Unrealistic expectations of relationships
    Power and control differential in domestic violence
    Vicarious impact of domestic violence on officer
  • Legal
    IL Statutes related to domestic violence 725 ILCS5/115-7.4
    IL Stalking statute and relationship to domestic violence
    IL No contact Stalking orders
  • Law Enforcement:
    Interpretation of injuries
    Impact of police response
    Impact of police non-response
    Domestic violence victim centered investigations
  • Adjunct Agencies:
    Role of Domestic Violence Advocates and Role of Social Services for Prevention
Instructor Biography

Gail Sullivan is a 1978 graduate of Loyola University of Chicago holding an undergraduate degree in Sociology. In 1986, she was awarded a Masters of Arts degree from DePaul University of Chicago in Human Services, Guidance and Counseling. She has worked in the field of social services in various capacities for more than two decades. Throughout her career, she has addressed the issue of child abuse and its effect upon victims, offenders, families, professionals and society. As an administrator of a child welfare agency, she provided vision and direction for one of the first residential facilities for sexually reactive children in Illinois. She has provided program development that increased the revenue and programs of a nonprofit agency over 300%. She has developed curriculums to meet State standards for professionals who provide intensive emergency services.

Course Certification Information
MTU 7 request for certification of this course has been  approved by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Mobile In-Service Training Team #7 Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board
Meets mandatory guidelines set for the following: Human Rights, Legal Updates, Lead Homicide Investigator, Procedural Justice and Psychology of Domestic Violence