Feminist Social Thought and Police Response to Violence Against Women

Marilyn Corsianos, Central Michigan University

The current study critically evaluates police response to woman abuse by examining "domestic assault" rules, procedures and programs within two large police departments in the United States and Canada. What police departments define as effective, adequate or even progressive police response to woman abuse calls for an understanding of the occupational culture of policing which is shaped and influenced by both the police organizational structure and the social economic order. It is argued that in order to stop the violence, women must gain feminist consciousness by beginning to analyze their experiences as gendered and political bodies and gain an understanding of women's collective condition.

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