Violence in Police Families: Work-Family Spillover

Abstract

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.

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Johnson, L.B., Todd, M. & Subramanian, G. Violence in Police Families: Work-Family Spillover. J Fam Viol 20, 3–12 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10896-005-1504-4

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Keywords

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