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The Bismarck Police Department and the Abused Adult Resource Center (AARC) have joined forces to establish a special Domestic Violence Unit to provide a more consistent and comprehensive response involving crimes of domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, protection order violations and stalking.
Using funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women Grant, this special unit will consist of one AARC Advocate, two Bismarck Police Detectives and a Bismarck Police Patrol Officer who will all work in a coordinated effort with the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department, Bismarck City Attorney’s Office, and Burleigh County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Unit members will review, update and develop policies, educational programs and training to increase the effectiveness of the community’s multi-disciplinary response to domestic violence and sexual assaults in Bismarck. The unit also will facilitate a more centralized and coordinated police enforcement effort in responding to and investigating cases of domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, protection order violations and stalking cases. Unit members will work to develop a system to more readily recognize threats to the community’s citizens from repeat offenders, to include researching and implementing lethality assessment models.
Implementing this special unit will collaboratively build the department’s capacity to respond consistently and comprehensively to these crimes. It also will improve the overall community response for victims of domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, protection order violations and stalking.