The Efficacy of Community Oriented Policing in Reducing Domestic Violence

Byron R. Johnson, University of Pennsylvania
Neil Websdale, Northern Arizona University

The notion that the rise of community policing initiatives may reduce domestic violence, domestic homicide, or both, warrants careful investigation. This paper presents the results of our interviews with victims, focus groups, police ride-alongs, and ethnographic research conducted in partnership with the Nashville Police Department's domestic violence intervention initiative. The research draws upon data sources from law enforcement, courts corrections, probation, parole and domestic violence shelters. Implications for community policing initiatives are presented with consideration given to the complex relationship between race, poverty, housing, and employment.

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