Course Description

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

Course Fee Information:

POST Reimbursement Plan IV: There is no tuition for POST reimbursable agencies. Travel reimbursement is available via Training Reimbursement Request (TRR).*

*Travel may also be reimbursed through grant funding – Scholarship Funding for travel is available through the California Office of Emergency Services (OES) Law Enforcement Training Program Grant PO23108519. Please contact Alicia Shade at regarding additional questions on how law enforcement personnel investigating domestic violence are eligible for travel reimbursement for this course or review, complete and submit the below form to Alicia Shade at

POST Non-Reimbursable agencies: No tuition. Travel may be reimbursed through grant funding. If you are from a non-reimbursable POST agency and would like to see if your travel could be reimbursed directly to you or your agency, please contact Alicia Shade at or review, complete and submit the below form to Alicia Shade at

PO23 Scholarship Letter to Students & Request for Grant Travel Form

Course Disclaimer:

This project is supported by Grant No. PO23108519 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 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 Messier for approval.