How might an interview with a domestic violence victim differ in method from an interview with an accused batterer, based on the following scenario?

A neighbor calls the police because the people next door are having a loud argument and she is concerned for the woman’s safety.

The officers arrive and enter the house after knocking. There are broken dishes and the couple is struggling with each other. The woman is taken into the kitchen and the man taken outside. The woman shows the officer scratches on her arm and the marks around her neck—hidden by her sweater—which she says resulted from when he tried to choke her.

The officer explains to the woman that under the mandatory arrest law, the man must be arrested because there is probable cause that a domestic violence crime has occurred. The officer asks the women if she wants to leave for a safer place. The woman says she is fine as long as he goes to jail. The officer assured her that the man will go to jail and will not be released until after the court hearing next day at 14:00. The officer explains the process by which she can get a family abuse restraining order and encourages the woman to follow through with prosecution (Butzer, Bronfman, & Stipak, 1996, para. 3).

Construct 10 interview questions for both the victim and the batterer that you feel will best capture the information you need to continue investigating the case.

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