ERIC Number: ED200846
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Responding to Spouse Abuse and Wife Beating: A Guide for Police.
This police guide reports on police responses to spouse abuse and wife beating calls based on research collected from visits to 17 police departments, interviews with police managers, a survey of 130 police officers, and interviews with social service professionals. The first chapter explains the purposes of the report, i.e., to: (1) provide guidance to police executives in the development of policies and procedures; (2) improve police responses to spouse abuse calls; and (3) offer suggestions about training programs. Chapter 2 reviews the nature and extent of spouse abuse and wife beating problems. Chapter 3 discusses current police practices and reports results of a survey of 130 police officers. Chapter 4 concerns the formulation of policy guidelines and includes a discussion of policymaking methods and relevant issues for appropriate police responses to abuse problems. Chapter 5 suggests operational procedures for responding to abuse calls and provides step-by-step procedures to help officers understand, defuse, and prevent recurrences of violent conflicts. Chapter 6 reviews the elements of an effective training program for police to learn how to deal with spouse abuse. (Author/NRB)
Descriptors: Battered Women, Crisis Intervention, Family Problems, Helping Relationship, Marital Instability, Police Action, Police Education, Prevention, Program Development, Skill Development, Surveys, Training Methods, Violence
Police Executive Research Forum, 1909 K Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20006 ($6.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (Dept. of Justice), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Police Executive Research Forum, Washington, DC.
Note: Some appendices are of marginal legibility.