Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

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Bulletins - Spring 2015 OPDV Bulletin

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New York’s Standardized Domestic Incident Report (DIR)

Bob Passonno, Coordinator, Criminal Justice Training Programs at OPDV

History and Background

The Domestic Incident Report (DIR), also known as DCJS Form 3221, is the document that police are required to use for reporting, recording, and investigating all domestic incidents in New York State. The DIR (and accompanying Victim Rights Notice) were established pursuant to New York’s Family Protection Domestic Violence Intervention Act of 1994. The statutory provisions for the standardized report are found in Criminal Procedure Law section 140.10(5) and Executive Law section 837(15).

"Police must complete a DIR for all domestic incidents"

The form has been revised six times since it was jointly developed by the New York State Police, the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence , and the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services. The current DIR is the 05/2011 revision, although another revision is nearing completion and is expected to be ready for police use later in 2015.

Information Captured by the DIR

The New York State Domestic Incident Report Reference Manu­al defines domestic incident as “any disturbance, dispute, act of violence (threatened or actual), or report of an offense between members of the same family or household where police inter­vention occurs.” Other terms used to identify these calls include: “domestics,” “family fights,” or “family disputes.”

When Police Must Complete a DIR

Police must complete a DIR for all domestic incidents, even if their investigation of the incident reveals that no crime or offense was committed, or the incident actually involved a different event than what was originally reported, or if they had completed DIR(s) for prior incident(s) involving the parties.

A Vital Tool for Police

The police often use the DIR to:

Other Benefits of DIRs

In addition to helping police identify and document domestic incidents, properly completed DIRs can also aid victims, guide police in their investigations and other duties, and assist other allied professionals in their tasks.

For Victims:

For Allied Professionals:

Frequently Asked Questions