Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 31, Issue 6, pp 771–784

Responses of Police Officers to Cases of Officer Domestic Violence: Effects of Demographic and Professional Factors

  • Daniel G. Saunders
  • Stephanie Grace Prost
  • Karen Oehme
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10896-016-9822-2

Cite this article as:
Saunders, D.G., Prost, S.G. & Oehme, K. J Fam Viol (2016) 31: 771. doi:10.1007/s10896-016-9822-2


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.


Law enforcement officers Domestic violence Police Domestic abuse by police 

Funding information

Funder NameGrant NumberFunding Note
Verizon Foundation

    Copyright information

    © Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016

    Authors and Affiliations

    • Daniel G. Saunders
      • 1
    • Stephanie Grace Prost
      • 2
    • Karen Oehme
      • 2
    1. 1.School of Social WorkUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
    2. 2.College of Social WorkFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

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