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An Online Resource Library on Gender-Based Violence.

Representing Victims of Police-Perpetrated Domestic Violence

General Material
Published Date
January, 2007

"This article explores some of the extraordinary challenges of representing a victim of domestic violence whose batterer is a police officer. Though experts in domestic violence frequently remind us that domestic violence occurs across all socioeconomic, religious and cultural lines, many people still find it hard to believe that a prominent celebrity, business executive, member of the clergy, community leader or anyone with social status commits the crime of domestic violence. Family and friends, members of the police department, and even her attorney may naively offer the victim false assurance that 'he won’t hurt you,' 'he wouldn’t risk his career,' or that 'he will abide by a court order.' Besides facing society’s disbelief and denial, the victim is likely to encounter overwhelming obstacles to gaining relief through the civil or criminal justice system."