Domestic Violence and Police
Given the recent number of cases of officers using excessive force that have been grabbing the headlines it wasn’t surprising to read a recent article on the website Identities.misc regarding the statistics on domestic abuse among families of police The article states:
“As the National Center for Women and Policing notes, two studies have found that at least 40% of police officer families experience domestic violence, in contrast to 10% of families in the general population. “
I think this brings a real issue to the forefront about mental health and training of officers in the U.S. After all, they have signed up for the duty to protect and serve, but clearly our system is creating a pattern of violence instead of combating violence. I feel that this shows the system is failing not just citizens, but also officers and apparently also their families. To read the recent article visit Identities.misc.