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criminal facet of domestic violence, the police are necessarily involved in domestic violence interventions, arrest, and prosecutions. Furthermore, even before many jurisdictions specifically criminalized domestic violence, the police were still involved because the level of force used in many family violence assaults can lead to serious injuries and deaths. However, criminality is only one aspect of domestic violence, and treating it solely like a crime, instead of like a very complex family issue, makes it extremely unlikely that the problem will ever be solved, either in individual families or as a social issue. In fact, despite the fact that former victims and women's organizations lobbied tremendously for domestic violence to be treated like a crime, when responding officers treat domestic violence like any other crime, they may actually decrease the likelihood of victim and offender cooperation, thereby reducing the chances of a successful prosecution and conviction. Therefore, officers who respond to domestic violence calls have to step beyond their role of crime prevention, detection, and investigation, and into the role of social worker and counselor. Furthermore, they must do so while entering into situations that are widely deemed as the most dangerous and stressful scenarios for responding officers.
To address the specific issues surrounding domestic violence, many jurisdictions have added provisions to their laws specifically geared at protecting domestic violence victims. For example, in the past, many assault prosecutions were based on having a victim who was willing to testify and cooperate with the investigation. However, the nature of domestic violence means that many victims will be unwilling, whether because of love, loyalty, or fear, to testify against their assailants. Therefore, many states have moved beyond victim cooperation to zero-tolerance domestic violence policies. These policies have resulted in mandatory arrests when an officer has witnessed an incident of domestic violence, emergency protective orders, no-drop prosecution policies, and stringent orders of protection. In addition, most police departments specifically train officers to deal with domestic violence situations in a way that is aimed at reducing victim-blaming and encourages victims to access other community resources, such as women's shelters and long-term protective orders.…[continue]
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