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Police Officers Do Not Need More Training; But Different Training. Policing Domestic Violence and Abuse Involving Children: A Rapid Review

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dc.contributor.author Millar, Annemarie
dc.contributor.author Saxton, Michael
dc.contributor.author Øverlien, Carolina
dc.contributor.author Elliffe, Ruth
dc.date.accessioned 2021-10-13T21:01:05Z
dc.date.available 2021-10-13T21:01:05Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.citation Millar, A. Saxton, M., Øverlien, C., Elliffe, R. (2021). Police Officers Do Not Need More Training; But Different Training. Policing Domestic Violence and Abuse Involving Children: A Rapid Review. Journal of Family Violence. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10896-021-00325-x en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1007/s10896-021-00325-x
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11990/2344
dc.description.abstract Although the police have been identified as a key service provider when responding to domestic violence and abuse (DVA), very few studies have investigated their response in relation to children. This review aims to examine children’s experiences of police response in the context of DVA and to explore how the police understand and respond to children living with DVA. A rapid review of the empirical literature on the police response to DVA involving children was undertaken. PsycINFO, Web of Science and ProQuest were searched. Studies with a qualitative element, concerning children under 18 with experience of police involvement, or police experiences of children, in the context of DVA were included. The final sample comprised of six studies. Using reflexive thematic analysis, four key themes emerged in relation to children: children’s experiences of DVA; fear, uncertainty, and mistrust of police; confronting “childism”: a matter of children’s rights; and going beyond empathy: equality and justice. Regarding the police, three key themes emerged: variability in police response; limited view of police role; lack of professional competence. The findings underscore the need for awareness raising and an urgent review of the training officers receive regarding the impact of DVA on children. They also highlight the pivotal role of police when responding to DVA where children are present, as well as to advance the frontiers of research by including not only adults and professionals but also the most vulnerable DVA victim: the child. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Springer en_US
dc.subject Rapid Review en_US
dc.subject Literature Review en_US
dc.subject Police en_US
dc.subject Law Enforcement en_US
dc.subject Domestic Violence en_US
dc.subject Intimate Partner Violence en_US
dc.subject Family Violence en_US
dc.subject Children Exposed to Violence en_US
dc.subject Training for Service Providers en_US
dc.title Police Officers Do Not Need More Training; But Different Training. Policing Domestic Violence and Abuse Involving Children: A Rapid Review en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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