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The Troubling Connection Between Police & Domestic Abuse

Police, Domestic Abuse
Shocking research shows police officers, tasked with protecting domestic abuse victims, are 2-4x more likely to commit domestic violence themselves.

Domestic abuse is a pervasive and troubling issue affecting countless families and individuals across the world. Unfortunately, research has shown that police officers may be perpetuating the problem, rather than solving it.

According to a study by the National Center for Women and Policing, police officers are two to four times more likely to commit domestic violence than the general public. This is a troubling statistic, as police officers are meant to be the ones upholding the law and protecting victims of domestic abuse.

Furthermore, victims of domestic abuse may be hesitant to report their abusers if they are police officers, as they may fear retaliation or be disbelieved by other officers. This can lead to a lack of accountability and a failure to hold abusers within the police force responsible for their actions.

A report by The Atlantic found that police officers who are fired for domestic abuse are often able to get their jobs back due to their connections within the department or through arbitration processes. This lack of consequences can perpetuate a culture of violence and enable abusers to continue their behavior.

It is important to note that not all police officers are perpetrators of domestic abuse, and there are many dedicated officers who work hard to protect victims of abuse. However, the troubling statistics and lack of accountability for those who do perpetrate abuse within the police force cannot be ignored.


– National Center for Women and Policing. (2001). “Domestic Violence and the Police: Research Findings and Policy Implications.” 

– The Atlantic. (2014). “Police Have a Much Bigger Domestic-Abuse Problem Than the NFL Does


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