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Better Use of 911 Call Records Will Enhance Prosecution, Child Protection, and Victim Empowerment  

Author:  James G. Dwyer.

Source: Volume 19, Number 05, June/July 2014 , pp.69-70(2)

Domestic Violence Report

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Prosecutors frequently use 911 call records, including operators’ written accounts and audio recordings, in the criminal prosecution of batterers. They might not use them routinely in misdemeanor cases because obtaining and introducing the records can be burdensome. In this first-person account, James G. Dwyer, Professor of Law at William & Mary, recounts how he and former prosecutor Linda Bryant have documented the effectiveness of routinely using 911 call records and identify numerous additional ways the records could help reduce family violence and its effects.

Keywords: 911; Norfolk (VA) Department of Emergency Preparedness and Response

Affiliations:  1: William & Mary School of Law.

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