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Review Checklist: Further On-Scene Investigation: General Evidence “What To Do” Checklist
Collect and preserve all physical evidence reasonably necessary to support prosecution, including:
- Evidence substantiating the victim’s injuries
- Evidentiary articles that substantiate the attack (weapons, torn clothing, etc.)
- Evidence recording the crime scene
- Ensure that photographs are taken of visible injuries on the victim and of the crime scene.
- Ensure that photographs are taken of the offender to document self-defense injuries by victim and/or rule out offender’s false allegations of incident-related injuries later on.
- Collect all physical evidence, note evidence in reports, and voucher evidence as in other criminal investigations.
- Encourage the victim to seek medical attention for injuries that do not require emergency treatment at the scene.
- Inquire about injuries of the victim that are concealed by clothing or otherwise not readily apparent.
- Advise the victim to have photographs taken if injuries appear later.