ICI Domestic Violence Investigations

Course Description

This is an ICI Foundation Specialty Course that will provide both novice and experienced detectives with the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct successful investigations of domestic violence. Students will learn specific investigative techniques, problem-solving skills, and case management skills related to the various types of domestic violence including cross-cultural, elder abuse, stalking, and officer-involved, with the goal of improving clearance and issuance rates.

All ICI courses are based upon adult learning principles. The classroom activities are practical, “hands-on,” and interactive. This 40-hour course is one of the Foundation Specialty courses of POST’s Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation (ICI).

Course Topics

  • Dynamics of Domestic Violence
  • Officer-Involved Domestic Violence
  • Suspects/Batterers
  • Investigative steps and techniques
  • Victims
  • Interviewing suspects, victims, and children
  • Impact on Children
  • Evidence, including medical evidence and photographs
  • Stalking
  • Lethality Assessment
  • Elder Abuse
  • Officer Safety
  • Dominate Aggressor
  • Court Orders
  • High Profile Suspects
  • Legal Mandates

Course Prerequisites

While this is not a search warrant writing class, it is recognized that writing a proper search warrant in relation to investigations is essential to your job. With that in mind, the following has been established as a minimum baseline for students attending this course:

  1. Have taken the 2-week ICI Core Course
  2. POST online Search Warrant Fundamentals course to demonstrate knowledge of search warrant writing.  Click here to be taken to the POST Learning Portal. Completion of this online class does give 3 hours of CPT credit.

Course Certification Number: 9070-32415
Course Certification Hours: 40

Course Hours:
8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday and Thursday
8:00 am – 6:00 pm Tuesday and Wednesday
8:00 am – 3:00 pm Friday

Course Fee Information:

Reimbursement Plan II: There is no tuition for POST reimbursable agencies. As a POST Plan IV, student travel and per diem are reimbursable via Training Reimbursement Request (TRR) for this course. This course is an exemption to the current suspension of reimbursement as outlined in Attachment A of POST Bulletin No. 2017-01. As such, travel reimbursement will continue at this time.
Non-Reimbursable agencies: No tuition. Travel may be reimbursed through grant funding. If you are from a non-reimbursable POST agency and would like to see if your travel could be reimbursed directly to you or your agency, please contact Marisa McCullough at mmccullough@sdrtc.com for more information.

Course Disclaimer:

This project is supported by Grant No. PO16038519 awarded by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Service (Cal OES). The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibit are those of the author(s) and not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women or the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Service (Cal OES). The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Service (Cal OES) reserves a royalty-free, nonexclusive, and irrevocable license to reproduce, publish, and use this material and to authorize others to do so.


If you are not Law Enforcement you must have prior approval to attend this course.  Please contact Marisa McCullough at mmccullough@sdrtc.com for approval.  

Course Date(s)

  • 8/7/2017 – Orange County
    August 07, 2017 - August 11, 2017
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • 03/12-16/2018 – Orange County
    March 12, 2018 - March 16, 2018
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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