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POLICE INTERVENTION IN MARITAL VIOL By Alan Bourlet

POLICE INTERVENTION IN MARITAL VIOL

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Traces how police policy and practice with regard to domestic violence have been shaped historically, and explores how they can both be improved to ensure more confident and effective handling of cases and a better deal for victims.

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POLICE INTERVENTION IN MARITAL VIOL by Alan Bourlet

Police officers tend to be wary of becoming involved in marital disputes. They are wary because of the social taboos surrounding violence in the home, because they fear one or both of the parties will turn on them, because they believe that the wife is very likely to withdraw her support for prosecution against her husband and because, too many of them, it does not seem like "proper" police work. Victims of marital violence are usually dissatisfied with the service they receive from the police. They perceive a pattern of discretion, meaning inaction, by the police, even with regard to serious physical injuries. They tend to feel a sense of injustice and resigned hopelessness. Alan Bourlet, a practising police officer, draws on the experiences and opinions of both police colleagues and the victims of marital violence. He traces how police policy and practice with regard to domestic violence have been shaped historically, and explores how they can both be improved to ensure more confident and effective handling of cases and a better deal for victims.

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The nature and extent of wife abuse; police intervention in marital violence; the competing pressures; the victims' expectations and needs; the formulation of police policy with regard to marital violence; translating policy into practice; implications for future knowledge and practice; the way forward.

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GOR009780088
POLICE INTERVENTION IN MARITAL VIOL by Alan Bourlet
Alan Bourlet
Used - Well Read
Paperback
Open University Press
1990-06-01
128
0335092926
9780335092925
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