domestic violance in police families

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Domestic Violence in Police Families

Hundreds of women, partners of police officers, are beaten every year.

I realize that the characteristics and skills they developed in their professional training are the very same characteristics and skills that, when used in an intimate relationship, make officers very dangerous abusers. For example, police are trained to:

Walk in and take control of any situation

Can intimidate by presence alone by using their voice and/or stance.

They can obtain information through interrogation and surveillance

They can deceive and manipulate when necessary

Use weapons and deadly force

Attribute the level of force used to the other party and,

Assume a position of ultimate authority
This training produces competent police officers.
The problem occurs when the officer walks through the front door of his home with the same mind-set he has in his professional life

Here are some facts on cops as batterers.

Domestic violence is 2 to 4 times more common in police families than in the general population.

In two separate studies, 40% of police officers self-report that they have used violence against their domestic partners within the last year.

In the general population, it's estimated that domestic violence occurs in about 10% of families.

In a nationwide survey of 123 police departments, 45% had no specific policy for dealing with officer-involved domestic violence.

In that same survey, the most common discipline imposed for a sustained allegation of domestic violence was counseling.

Only 19% of departments indicated that officers would be terminated after a second sustained allegation of domestic violence. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What are

some of the

Special Problems for Victims

Her batterer always has a gun (often many guns and other weapons) and is trained...
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