Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Jersey City Police Department's Waterfront Security Meeting: Domestic Violence

On Tuesday, October 17, 2006, the Jersey City Police Department held its monthly Waterfront Security Meeting at Harborside Financial Center's Atrium. The meetings are coordinated with various business leaders through the dedication of Captain Brian McDonough of the Jersey City Police Department.

The meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month from 10am-12noon at Jersey City sites and cover various law enforcement and private security concerns.

Since October is "Domestic Violence Awareness Month", Captain McDonough had Sergeant Ray Spanarkel of the JCPD's domestic violence unit addressed law enforcement, private security and human resource representatives from the Jersey City financial area community.

Sgt. Spanarkel defined domestic violence as "a pattern of coercive behavior that is used by one person to gain power and control over another, which may include physical or sexual violence, emotional and psychological intimidation, verbal abuse, stalking and economic control."

Included in the presentation were:
  • characteristics of the batterer
  • characteristics of the victim
  • cycle of violence
  • unique risks for women victims
  • police response; investigations, checking for domestic violence criteria, mandatory arrests, evidence gathering and reporting
  • domestic violence spill overs into the workplace; corporate education, prevention and policies
  • temporary and final restraining orders
  • workplace violence

Unfortunately, the statistics of domestic violence in the State of New Jersey and nationwide are staggering. The community policing initiative executed today through the leadership of Captain Brian McDonough heightens awareness, encourages prevention and is a admirable step in the right direction. Captain McDonough can be reached at, telephone number 201-547-5470.


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