Responses of Police Officers to Cases of Officer Domestic Violence: Effects of Demographic and Professional Factors
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- Saunders, D.G., Prost, S.G. & Oehme, K. J Fam Viol (2016) 31: 771. doi:10.1007/s10896-016-9822-2
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Although the perpetration of domestic violence by police officers has received more attention lately, little research has examined the topic. This study investigated common responses of police officers (n = 1108) to officer-perpetrated domestic violence case scenarios and the relationships between officer characteristics and such responses. Common responses included encouraging the victim to file a formal report, assisting in finding help for domestic abuse, and referring the offending officer to an employee assistance program (EAP) or counselor. Arrest was a likely response when officers were asked to imagine they witnessed a victim’s injuries and heard statements about an assault in a case scenario. Supervisors had the most victim-supportive responses, suggesting they may be very good trainers of front-line officers.