Women’s narratives on their interactions with the first response police officer following an incidence of domestic violence in the UK

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/555991
Title:
Women’s narratives on their interactions with the first response police officer following an incidence of domestic violence in the UK
Authors:
Keeling, June J. ( 0000-0002-8616-3614 ) ; Van Wormer, Katherine; Taylor, Paul J.
Abstract:
Historically police responses towards the treatment of domestic disturbances regard them as a noncriminal problem. Recent changes to societal and Criminal Justice System attitudes to domestic violence now places an emphasis on first response officers to effectively deal with offenders, manage victim safety and gather evidence. This study explored fifteen women’s interactions with the attending first response police officer following an episode of domestic violence within the home. A qualitative approach using unstructured narrative interviews was chosen to ensure that each woman remained in control of the research interview. Thematic analysis revealed three main themes concerning power relations and officer attitudes, suggesting that personal and cultural factors may negatively impact on officers’ handling of complaints of partner assault, offsetting policy initiatives that guide officers in engaging with victims of domestic violence. The order of the themes reflects the sequential nature of the women’s dialogue. The first theme explores the initial police response, followed by the women’s narratives around feelings of personal disregard for their experiences and evidential considerations. The final theme explores the police response to retraction of statements. Women’s interactions with first response officers following domestic violence illuminates societal issues previously unmentioned. Making womens’ stories visible provides an important insight, contribution and opportunity to examine first response officer’s responses to domestic violence. Integrating the voices of the women (service users) themselves, is arguably an advantageous consideration towards continuing professional development training for all first response police officers.
Affiliation:
University of Chester ; University of Iowa ; University of Chester
Citation:
Keeling, J., van Wormer, K. & Taylor, P. (2015). Women’s narratives on their interactions with the First Response Police Officer following an incidence of domestic violence in the UK. Sociology and Crimology, 3: 122. doi:10.4172/23754435.1000122
Publisher:
OMICS Group International
Journal:
Sociology and Criminology
Publication Date:
Jun-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/555991
Additional Links:
http://esciencecentral.org/journals/sociology-and-criminology.php
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
2375-4435
Appears in Collections:
Health and Social Care; Social and Political Science

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dc.contributor.authorKeeling, June J.en
dc.contributor.authorVan Wormer, Katherineen
dc.contributor.authorTaylor, Paul J.en
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-29T08:59:26Zen
dc.date.available2015-05-29T08:59:26Zen
dc.date.issued2015-06en
dc.identifier.citationKeeling, J., van Wormer, K. & Taylor, P. (2015). Women’s narratives on their interactions with the First Response Police Officer following an incidence of domestic violence in the UK. Sociology and Crimology, 3: 122. doi:10.4172/23754435.1000122en
dc.identifier.issn2375-4435en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/555991en
dc.description.abstractHistorically police responses towards the treatment of domestic disturbances regard them as a noncriminal problem. Recent changes to societal and Criminal Justice System attitudes to domestic violence now places an emphasis on first response officers to effectively deal with offenders, manage victim safety and gather evidence. This study explored fifteen women’s interactions with the attending first response police officer following an episode of domestic violence within the home. A qualitative approach using unstructured narrative interviews was chosen to ensure that each woman remained in control of the research interview. Thematic analysis revealed three main themes concerning power relations and officer attitudes, suggesting that personal and cultural factors may negatively impact on officers’ handling of complaints of partner assault, offsetting policy initiatives that guide officers in engaging with victims of domestic violence. The order of the themes reflects the sequential nature of the women’s dialogue. The first theme explores the initial police response, followed by the women’s narratives around feelings of personal disregard for their experiences and evidential considerations. The final theme explores the police response to retraction of statements. Women’s interactions with first response officers following domestic violence illuminates societal issues previously unmentioned. Making womens’ stories visible provides an important insight, contribution and opportunity to examine first response officer’s responses to domestic violence. Integrating the voices of the women (service users) themselves, is arguably an advantageous consideration towards continuing professional development training for all first response police officers.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherOMICS Group Internationalen
dc.relation.urlhttp://esciencecentral.org/journals/sociology-and-criminology.phpen
dc.subjectpoliceen
dc.subjectwomenen
dc.subjectdomestic violenceen
dc.subjectfirst response officeren
dc.subjectcriminologyen
dc.subjectcrimeen
dc.subjectintimate partner violenceen
dc.subjectdomestic abuseen
dc.subjectvictimsen
dc.subjectviolenceen
dc.titleWomen’s narratives on their interactions with the first response police officer following an incidence of domestic violence in the UKen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chester ; University of Iowa ; University of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalSociology and Criminologyen
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