Officer-Involved Domestic Violence: A Prevention Curriculum

PREVIEW - Introduction

As all officers know, domestic violence is a serious problem throughout the United States. Unfortunately it is also a crime that some officers perpetrate in their own homes. When officers --who are sworn to protect and serve in their communities -- abuse their power and control at home, they violate the law. When this occurs, the victim, the family, the agency, and the entire community suffer.

Officers are trained to maintain control, to use weapons, and to justify their use of force on the job. Officers also need to understand, however, that the core behaviors that make them effective on the job must not be used against family members and intimate partners. The three types of "officer" referred to by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) are law enforcement officer, corrections officer and corrections probation officer. This module uses the term "officer" to refer to all of these personnel.

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