The police culture's focus on authority and control can affect officers' personal relationships. Law enforcement's historical attitudes about women and minorities provides the background for this book about domestic violence in police families. Read excerpt...
While policy and rhetoric make it appear that police agencies want victims to come forward, agencies’ actual response seems designed to ensure that victims remain silent. Addresses the progress—or lack thereof—in confronting police-perpetrated domestic violence.
The FBI National Academy held a invitational summit in 1998 on officer-involved domestic violence. The compilation of research was published as Domestic Violence by Police Officers. Wetendorf's chapter examines the dynamics of OIDV and the impact on victims, departments and communities.
Officers who batter are able to use professional control tactics and the brotherhood to defend their actions. They receive support and assistance from the same institutions victims turn to for protection.