Domestic Violence And The Police Essay

1287 Words Apr 22nd, 2016 6 Pages
Domestic Violence and the Police

Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of behavior which involves violence or other abuse by one person against another in a domestic setting, such as in marriage or cohabitation Domestic violence victims often turn to authorities as a form of relief to escape their offender. An important link to victim services and safety is the police. From 2000-2009 14% of victims reported these violent crimes to the police, of those 14% only 4% received assistance from victims services (Zaykowiski). Findings suggest that services provided by the police to the victim has been based on victims demographic characteristics, injury, sex, gender , race, the victims relationship with the offender, and offenders use of a weapon. These facts prove that many victims of domestic violence are lacking help or resources to escape their offender based on non-relevant issues such as where they live or their social status. As an intervener the police have the responsibility to the victim regardless of who they are. Every victim deserves the proper help and resources to better their situation, just because there is no weapon involved or if the person injuries aren’t deadly doesn’t mean they should be treated as if their situation is less severe. Police officers took on the role as the frontline responder and being properly trained for their involvement on how to approach these cases in a non-biased way, abiding by their scope of practice vowing that their number one…

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