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The Politicization of SafetyCritical Perspectives on Domestic Violence Responses$
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Jane Stoever

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781479805648

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479805648.001.0001

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Politics, Safety, and Officer-Involved Intimate Partner Violence

Politics, Safety, and Officer-Involved Intimate Partner Violence

(p.227) 9 Politics, Safety, and Officer-Involved Intimate Partner Violence
The Politicization of Safety

Leigh Goodmark

NYU Press

The United States relies heavily on law enforcement to protect people subjected to intimate partner violence. The decision to prioritize law enforcement intervention may seem natural, but it is, in fact a political decision, with consequences along three dimensions. First, prioritizing the law enforcement response has precluded the development of other policies to address intimate partner violence. Second, channeling money into law enforcement helped to facilitate the growth of a hypermasculine, militarized environment where violence against women flourishes. Third, the decision to rely on law enforcement ignores research establishing that police officers are more likely than other groups to commit intimate partner violence. These political decisions have profound consequences for all people subjected to abuse, particularly the partners of police officers.

Keywords:   Law enforcement, Police, Domestic violence, Intimate partner violence, Masculinities

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