Intimidating police officer
Many of the qualities valued in on-duty police officers can make them dangerous domestic violence offenders.
Years ago, police commonly told us that breaking up "marital disputes" and "lovers' quarrels" was not police work, but social work.Over time, and with education on the dynamics of domestic violence, most police officers have come to consider domestic violence within the range of legitimate police work.The final obstacle is police officers' reluctance to treat domestic violence as a crime when it is perpetrated by one of their own.Twenty years ago DV advocates were considered radical when they suggested that a woman call the police when battered by her intimate partner.This notion confronted men's sense of entitlement to dominate and to rule in the privacy of their homes.
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Talking exclusively about physical abuse takes these acts out of context and makes them similar to assault or battery by a stranger.