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Meredith Holt, Published October 08 2012

InDepth: What happens after the call?

When a domestic violence call is placed, law enforcement responds to the situation, and if an arrest is made, officers will do a “danger assessment” with the victim and make referrals for services such as counseling.

“If there’s enough evidence there to warrant an arrest, at that point, it doesn’t really matter what the victim wants,” says Glen Hase, Cass County legal advocate for the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center of Fargo-Moorhead. “It’s a crime against our state; it’s a crime against you and I, for that matter.”

If an arrest is made, the suspect will remain in custody until he/she appears before a judge, and a bond and/or no-contact order may be issued.

“The court’s intent is not to sever that relationship indefinitely; the court’s intent – at least my belief of what the court’s intent is – is to have that offender learn some different behaviors, take some responsibility for his actions, and to get into treatment,” Hase says.