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NCJ Number: 161084 Find in a Library
Title: Policing Domestic Violence: Dilemmas and Contradictions
Journal: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology  Dated:special issue (1995)  Pages:31-44
Author(s): E A Stanko
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 14
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: Central to the debate about policing domestic violence is the idea that public safety is assured through the provision of police services, but many feminists believe battered women are not treated appropriately or adequately by the police.
Abstract: Research suggests that police officers sometimes act as the "second assailant" of women because women who complain of physical or sexual assault encounter police disbelief, impatience, and frustration. From the police perspective, domestic violence is a problem of using resources efficiently to protect women from future violence. From the feminist perspective, the failure of police to protect women indicates police allegiance with preserving a "male order." Reconciling these two perspectives is difficult, and efforts to improve police effectiveness have caused researchers to ask questions about the handling of domestic violence. Research on experimental policing solutions to domestic violence and on women's strategies to escape violence is reported, the deterrent effect of arresting violent offenders is discussed, and the police role in protecting victims of violence is examined. 39 references
Main Term(s): Police effectiveness
Index Term(s): Abused women; Domestic assault; Female victims; Feminism; Gender issues; Police crime-prevention; Police responsibilities; Victims of violent crime; Violence prevention; Violent men; Violent offenders
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