Investigative Domestic Violence Curriculum: Tonga June 2008

The investigative domestic violence curriculum was delivered in June 2008 to 35 Police staff from 13 Pacific countries. The venue was the Council of Churches conference facility which proved to be a huge success. The facilities were just what we wanted says Inspector Malaulau, PPDVP Regional co-ordinator. We were also able to use some of the rooms upstairs for break out activities and practical exercises such as crime scene examination and practical attendance at a mock domestic violence incident.

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(Practical scenario training) - Attending a Domestic Violence incident.

The training course was officially opened by the Police Minister and the NZ High Commissioner also attended the opening ceremony.

Attendees had a refresher course on the dynamics and the theory behind the causes of domestic violence before being taken through the key principles of investigating domestic violence and investigative techniques and skills.

Towards the end of the training, the practical exercises, where participants put into practice what they had learnt, provided assessment of the training. Says Malaulau; β€œIt is always hard for Police officers to perform in front of their peers, but the learning starts here in front of your peers and if you are going to learn and make mistakes, then this is the best forum for that.”

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