Promising Protection: 911 Call Records as Foundation for Family Violence Intervention

97 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2013 Last revised: 28 May 2014

James G. Dwyer

William & Mary Law School

Date Written: August 27, 2013

Abstract

The usefulness of 911 call records in domestic violence situations is under-appreciated. This Article documents an extraordinary increase in prosecutorial success in routine misdemeanor DV cases when 911 call records are available and used in some fashion. It also explains how other parties could effectively use 911 event chronologies and sound recordings to stop domestic violence and protect children from being exposed to it, including child protection agencies, victims themselves, and children's other family members.

Keywords: 911 call, domestic violence, child maltreatment, battered women, hearsay

Suggested Citation

Dwyer, James G., Promising Protection: 911 Call Records as Foundation for Family Violence Intervention (August 27, 2013). Kentucky Law Journal, Vol. 102, 2014; William & Mary Law School Research Paper No. 09-256. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2316910

James Gerard Dwyer (Contact Author)

William & Mary Law School ( email )

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P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
United States

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