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Iowa Legal Update Lesson Summaries

2019 Lesson 10: Domestic Violence Investigations - Part 2


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This is part two of a three-part domestic violence investigations lesson.

Section 5 provides detailed guidance from the United States Department of Justice to help law enforcement agencies comply with relevant federal laws and prevent gender bias in their response to sexual assault and domestic violence (the Guidance). The Guidance provides examples of gender bias and tips on identifying bias in an investigation. It then provides seven principles to prevent gender bias in investigations.

Section 6 examines the Iowa Code provisions describing the process for obtaining civil orders of protection.

Section 7 addresses provisions of Iowa Code Chapter 236 provisions about the required law enforcement response to allegations of domestic violence. It addresses discretionary and mandatory arrests, immunity, foreign protections orders, and more.

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