Police Response to Domestic Violence Calls and How it Effects Victims

2045 Words Feb 17th, 2018 8 Pages
Before the 1960s, police were not properly trained on how to handle any domestic violence cases. The police did not even want to know about it because they felt like it was none of their business. It is something that they believed happened in the home and needed to be dealt with both partners. They needed to work out their issues and not involve the police. “In 1967, the International Association of Chiefs of Police stated in its manual that arrest should only be employed as a last resort,” was stated by White et al. (2005). Departments did not even know how to tell their officers how to handle domestic violence situations. Police barely did anything to help victims feel safe and reassured. A victim could have been brutally beaten, but if police were not present an arrest would not be mad. Back then, police would not even arrest the batter if they had a good excuse. As officers were becoming more aware of domestic violence and as it be came more of a concern, officers still felt uncomfortable dealing with the situation. Police were also, “Required that the police be present at the time a misdemeanor domestic violence incident occurred in order to make an arrest” (Çelik 2013). How could a victim call 911 when a misdemeanor domestic violence incident was occurring? How did police believe that there would be time between blows and screaming to pick up the…