Essay about Corruption Comes Home

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Corruption Comes Home:
Domestic Violence and Abuse by Law Enforcement

Taren A. Lalli
IFS2075
Professor Maier-Katkin
March 6, 2015
Corruption Comes Home: Domestic Violence and Abuse by Law Enforcement At the beginning of my research and initial framing of this paper, I proposed to write about the drug system within American prisons across the scope of the nation. It wasn’t until a, somewhat recent, article came across my computer screen about a Honolulu officer being investigated after allegedly beating up his girlfriend that changed my mind completely (Blaine, 2014).
Many of the qualities valued in on-duty, or even off-duty, police officers can make them dangerous domestic violence offenders. Domestic violence is a multifaceted
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However, police officers as either abusers or victims of family conflict has been ignored, misrepresented, and under studied. Researchers have concluded that domestic violence crosses all socioeconomic classifications. A rich man may beat his wife in the same way that a poor man does. Society also has come to understand that a person in any profession, whether a doctor, lawyer, judge, or even a police officer, may commit an act of domestic violence. On the same note, an individual of any background or profession may also be the victim of domestic violence. However, the issue of domestic violence by law enforcement officers has become a controversial topic among researchers, professionals, and the media, though several researchers have looked further into the dynamics of domestic violence committed by law enforcement officers.
The extent of domestic violence by law enforcement officers is still unknown, though researchers have conducted studies to explore its extent. Due to the fact that police officers hold a special place in society, it is assumed that they will always obey all laws and regulations. Therefore, some people may expect the prevalence rate of domestic violence by law enforcement officers to be lower than that of the general population. It is not known whether police officers have a higher or lower rate of domestic

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