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NCJ Number: 237300 Find in a Library
Title: An Inside View of Police Officers’ Experience with Domestic Violence
Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:26  Issue:8  Dated:November 2011  Pages:617-626
Author(s): Susan H. Horwitz; Despina Mitchell; Michelle LaRussa-Trott; Lizette Santiago; Joan Pearson; David M. Skiff; Catherine Cerulli
Date Published: November 2011
Page Count: 10
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines police officers' experience with domestic violence (DV).
Abstract: Since the recognition of domestic violence (DV) in the late 1970s, police officers have been frontline providers. Despite their changing role as a result of the criminalization of DV, little is known about their experiences and responses to this public health issue from their unique perspective. Via focus groups, 22 police officers discussed their scope of practice and emotional reactions to DV calls. Participants reported frustration with the recurring nature of DV and with the larger systems’ lack of accountability (e.g., courts, prosecution and community) that follow their initial interventions. Participants discussed the limitations of their role as protectors of public safety, attitudes that evolve over time and their beliefs as to contributing factors that perpetuate DV. Additionally, the officers recommend: more professional training, counseling, incident debriefing for officers including feedback on case disposition, better collaboration across professional groups, and evidence-based prosecution. Harsher penalties were also recommended. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Community policing
Index Term(s): Domestic assault; Domestic assault arrest policies; Intervention; Law enforcement
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