Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 3–12 | Cite as

Violence in Police Families: Work-Family Spillover

  • Leanor Boulin JohnsonEmail author
  • Michael Todd
  • Ganga Subramanian


This article uses a path model to examine the relationship between violence exposure and domestic violence among police officers with the expectation that the relationships would be both direct and mediated. The mediation factors included burnout, authoritarian spillover, alcohol use, and department withdrawal. The model was tested through an analysis of data collected from 413 officers. Four mediation chains were identified; the most powerful of these was burnout and authoritarian spillover. Suggestions for future research include understanding violence in the context of unique workplace cultures, classifying violence types, and clarifying how this population defines violence and control.


domestic violence police job stress work and family violence exposure authoritarian spillover 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leanor Boulin Johnson
    • 1
    • 4
    Email author
  • Michael Todd
    • 2
  • Ganga Subramanian
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Family and Human DevelopmentArizona State UniversityTempe
  2. 2.Prevention Research Center/PIREBerkeley
  3. 3.Deloitte ConsultingSacramento
  4. 4.Family and Human DevelopmentArizona State UniversityTempe

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