Domestic Violence Scenario

This domestic violence scenario will generate a Type 3 police report because the officer becomes part of the developing story. Use this scenario to write a report, and then click here to compare your version to a completed report.

You were dispatched to Apt. 102 at 300 S. Parker Road at 1 a.m. on today’s date. A neighbor called the police to report a disturbance.

You arrive, park near the lobby, and look for the apartment. After you find it, you ring the bell. A man’s voice shouts, “Shut up and leave us alone.” You ring again and announce that you’re a police officer. A man, Barry Chinkowski, opens the door and lets you in. You see a woman who’s sitting on the sofa, staring at the floor.

He is very apologetic and says nothing is wrong. You ask the woman, Sally Chinkowski, if she’s all right. She nods. You notice a bruise on her right cheek.

The man repeats that nothing is wrong and orders you to leave. He says you’re trespassing and he will call an attorney. You call for a backup.

Eight minutes later, Officer Winifred Paltrey arrives. She takes Sally into the bedroom for questioning. You ask Barry what happened.

He tells you they had a little disagreement about money. She made several mistakes recording checks, and three checks bounced. The large bank fees upset him. “I may have lost my cool,” he says.

Officer Paltrey returns from the bedroom with Sally. Paltrey says that Barry pushed Sally against the wall and slapped her on her right cheek.

You arrest Barry and read him his Miranda rights. Officer Paltrey gives Sally a victim’s booklet and a case number. You and Paltrey place Barry in your vehicle, and you drive him to jail for booking.

When you’ve finished your report, click here to compare what you’ve written to a sample report.

10 thoughts on “Domestic Violence Scenario

  1. Traquan Jackson

    At 1 a.m. on today’s date, I was dispatched to apartment, 102 at 300 S. Parker Road. The neighbor called the police to report a disturbance.

    I arrived parked near the lobby and look for the apartment. I find the apartment and ring the doorbell. A man’s voice yelled, “ Shut up and leave us alone.” I ring the bell again and announce I’m the police. A man named Barry Chinkowkski opens the door and let’s me in. I saw a woman sitting on the sofa, staring at the floor.

    He tells me nothing is wrong. I ask Mrs. Sally Chinkowski ” if she is alright.” She nods. I saw a bruise on her right cheek.

    Mr. Chinkowski repeats that nothing is wrong and orders you to leave. He tells me I’m trespassing and he going to call his attorney. I call for backup.

    Eight minutes later, Officer Winifred Paltrey arrives. Officer Paltrey takes Sally in the bedroom for questioning. I questioned Barry on what happened.

    Barry tells me there was a little disagreement about money. Barry told me she made mistakes recording checks, and three checks bounced. Barry said the large bank fees upset him. Barry said, “ I may have lost my cool.”

    Officer Paltrey returned with Sally from the bedroom. Officer Paltrey informed me Barry pushed Sally into the wall and slapped her on her right cheek.

    I arrested Barry and read him his rights. Officer Paltrey gives Sally a victim’s booklet and case number. Officer Paltrey and I placed Barry in my patrol car and I drove him to jail.

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  2. Jean Post author

    Hi, Traquan – good report overall. Be sure to read the version I posted and compare it to yours. You’ll notice some errors (for example, your version had some past-tense verb mistakes).

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  3. eduardo alves

    This report was good, but you need to include more details of the fact. For example, what kind questions did you ask, did you investigate for any bruises on his hands or knuckles, Also, you cannot mention that he will be held for bond because the aggressor needs to go to magistrate court first to see if the judge will grant him a bond. Sometimes, when the offender has a history of violence, the judge might denies the bond.

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  4. Rashad

    At 1 a.m on the above date, I, Officer Dantzler was dispatched to Apt. 102 at 300 S. Parker Road in reference of a disturbance.

    Upon arrival, I parked my patrol car near the lobby and began looking for the apartment. After locating the apartment I ringed the doorbell. A loud shout came from a man’s voice inside “shut up and leave us alone”. I ringed the doorbell again and announced I was Officer Dantzler of the Metro Dade Police Department. Barry Chinkowski (suspect) opens the door and lets me in. Upon entry I saw a woman sitting on the sofa, staring at the floor.

    I asked Barry what’s going on. Barry told me nothing is wrong.

    I asked Sally Chinkowski (Victim) is she all right. She nods at me indicating she’s okay. I noticed Sally had a bruise on her right cheek.

    Barry said to me nothing is wrong and orders me to leave. He told me I was trespassing and he was going to call his attorney. I then called for backup.

    Eight minutes later, at 1:30 a.m., Officer Winifred Paltrey arrives. She takes Sally into the bedroom for questioning.

    I asked Barry what happened. Barry said to me they had a little disagreement about money. She (Sally) made several mistakes recording checks, and three checks bounced. The large bank fees upset him. “I may have lost my cool,” he says.

    Officer Paltrey returns from the bedroom with Sally. Paltrey says that Barry pushed Sally against the wall and slapped her on her right cheek.

    I arrest Barry and read him his Miranda rights. Officer Paltrey gives Sally a victim’s booklet and a case number. Paltrey and I placed Barry in my patrol car, and I drove him to jail for booking.

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    1. Jean Reynolds

      Good report overall. You have some unnecessary repetition: “upon arrival,” “I asked Barry what happened,” “I asked Barry what’s going on.” There are some verb errors. Stick to past tense (returned, not returns, and arrested, not arrest.)

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  5. niema porter

    I was dispatched to Apt. 102 at 300 S. Parker Road at 1 a.m. today in response to a disturbance.
    When I arrived, I parked near the lobby, and looked for the apartment. I then rung the bell. A man’s voice shouts, “Shut up and leave us alone.” I rung again and announced that I’m a police officer. A man, Barry Chinkowski, opens the door and lets me in. You see a woman who’s sitting on the sofa, staring at the floor.
    He is very apologetic and says nothing is wrong. I asked the woman, Sally Chinkowski, if she’s all right. She nods. I noticed a bruise on her right cheek.
    The man repeats that nothing is wrong and orders me to leave. He says you’re trespassing and he will call an attorney. I called for backup.
    Eight minutes later, Officer Winifred Paltrey arrives. She takes Sally into the bedroom for questioning. I asked Barry what happened.
    He says they had a little disagreement about money. She made several mistakes recording checks, and three checks bounced. The large bank fees upset him. “I may have lost my cool,” he says.
    Officer Paltrey returns from the bedroom with Sally. Paltrey says that Barry pushed Sally against the wall and slapped her on her right cheek.
    I arrested Barry and read him his Miranda rights. Officer Paltrey gives Sally a victim’s booklet and a case number. Me and Paltrey place Barry in my vehicle, and I drove him to jail for booking.

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    1. Jean Reynolds

      Be sure to compare your finished report to the version I posted.
      Note: In many sentences you used present tense (shouts) instead of past tense (shouted). Police reports are written in past tense.

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    2. Jean Post author

      Good report overall. “Rang” is the past tense of “ring.” Again, you’re jumping back and forth from past tense (“arrested”) to present tense (“gives”). That’s a habit you need to break.

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  6. Tom

    The following is written in response to the incident that occurred at 0100 hours on the 13th February 2018, at 300 S. Parker road.

    I was dispatched to apartment 102 after a neighbour called to report a disturbance. When I arrived at the address I rang the doorbell. A man’s voice shouted,” Shut up and leave us alone”. I rang the doorbell again and announced that I was a police officer. A man, Barry Chinkowski opened the door, his wife Sally Chinkowski was sitting on the sofa.

    Mr. Chinkowski assured me that nothing was wrong, I asked Mrs. Chinkowski if she’s all right. She nodded, however I noticed a bruise on her right cheek. Mr. Chinkowski then repeats that nothing is wrong and ordered me to leave. He said that I was trespassing and that hell call his attorney.

    I called for backup. Eight minutes later, Officer Winifred Paltrey arrived. She took Mrs, Chinkowski into the bedroom for questioning. I proceeded to ask Mr. Chinkowksi what happened.

    • Barry Chinkowksi said that they had a ‘little disagreement’ about money. He claims that his Mrs. Chinkowski has made several mistakes recording cheques, and three bounced. The large bank fees upset him. He stated; “I may have lost my cool.”

    • Sally Chinkowski said, to Officer Paltrey, that Mr. Chinkowski pushed her against the wall and slapped her on her right cheek.

    I then arrested Mr. Chinkowski and read him his Miranda rights, Officer Paltrey gave Mrs. Chinkowski a victim’s booklet and the case number. Officer Paltrey and I placed Mr. Chinkowski in my vehicle and I drove him to jail for booking.

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