Domestic-abuse reports get specific in Pa. police pilot program

Collecting more detailed information is important for a number of reasons, including for prosecuting the offenders.

By Troy Graham
The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — For the last month, Philadelphia police officers in three districts have been documenting domestic abuse in a new and unusually detailed way.

As part of a pilot program, officers in the East Division have been using a specific domestic-violence form, developed with the help of advocacy groups and experts, that includes an extensive checklist of questions for the victims.

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