As a victim of a police officer, your situation is very different than that of other domestic violence victims.
Women whose abusers are in law enforcement face extraordinary challenges. The Handbook, written specifically for survivors of police-perpetrated domestic violence, explores the dynamics of officer-involved domestic violence.
An advocate is the one person who is there solely for the victim.
Attorneys and legal advocates face extraordinary challenges when representing woman whose batterers are in law enforcement; standard legal strategies and safety planning simply don't work.
Domestic violence has become the new front of the war on women. Family Justice Centers are changing services for all women and their families.
Training and values affect how officers and departments respond to OIDV.
Police training and culture affects officers' personal relationships. It's always a volatile situation when a police officer is the perpetrator; but what happens when both the abuser and victim are officers?
Diane's pioneering work in police officer-involved domestic violence has taught advocates how to safely help survivors and battered women to know "they are not alone, they are not exaggerating, and they are certainly not crazy."