Psychology of Domestic Violence-Freeport

Registrations are closed for this event
Date: Tuesday, March 09, 2021
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, February 09, 2021
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Instructor Location:
Stewart Center West
2900 W. Pearl City Road
Freeport, IL
Instructor: Gail P. Sullivan, MA

Members' Fee: $0
Sworn Non-Members' Fee: $85
Non-Members' Fee: $85

The Psychology of Domestic Violence training is mandated for all officers 

COURSE CONTENT: The police represent the front line in the service response to domestic violence. Law Enforcement has a unique perspective on this all too common social problem. The police 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.

This workshop will provide the officer with the tools needed to successfully answer one of the most difficult calls in law enforcement. It will prepare the participant with skills from all aspects of this crime.

Workshop Content:


  • Psychology of domestic violence
  • Physical/psychological implications
  • Actions of abusers and victims
  • Long tern 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


  • Illinois statutes related to domestic violence 725 ILCS/115-7.4
  • Illinois Stalking statute and relationship to domestic violence
  • Illinois No Contact Stalking orders
  • Orders of Protection
  • 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
  • Role of social services for prevention



Gail P. Sullivan, MA graduated from Loyola University (BA) and DePaul University (MA) with honors. She has worked in the field of social services and criminal justice for the past 25 years in the private and public sector. She provides training for the Cook County Adult Probation Department, Illinois Crisis Intervention Team and Homeland Security, as well as MTUs across the state of Illinois.




Effective January 1, 2017-Amends the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963 and the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986.

Provides that in developing ARREST PROCEDURE POLICIES IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE situations, each law enforcement agency shall (instead of “is encouraged to”) consult with community organizations and other law enforcement agencies with expertise in recognizing and handling domestic violence incidents.

Provides that in the initial training of new recruits and every 5 years in the continuing education of law enforcement officers, every law enforcement agency shall provide training to aid in understanding the actions of domestic violence victims and abusers and to prevent further victimization of those who have been abused, focusing specifically on looking beyond the physical evidence to the psychology of domestic violence situations, such as the dynamics of the aggressor-victim relationship, separately evaluating claims where both parties claim to be the victim, and long-term effects.

Provides that the Law Enforcement Training Standards Board shall formulate and administer the training as part of the current programs for both new recruits and active law enforcement officers

Provides that the Board shall formulate the training by July 1, 2017, and implement the training statewide by July 1, 2018

Provides that in formulating the training, the Board shall work with community organizations with expertise in domestic violence to determine which topics to include

Provides that the Illinois Department of State Police shall oversee the implementation and continual administration of the training. With amendments see site for more details.