A Social Constructionist Perspective on Domestic Violence Units in Police Departments

Susan T. Krumholz, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth

This paper builds on the findings of a multi-year study of police departments in Massachusetts by offering a context for understanding Domestic Violence Units. Social constructionism offers a way to make sense of the data that has been collected about the composition of the units, their jurisdiction, and the reasons officers' believe the units were begun. The question the paper attempts to address is what purpose do these units serve.

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