Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Inside the startling violence that takes place in police homes

(This Magazine) February 14, 2018Domestic violence takes place in up to a staggering 40 percent of law enforcement families. But police forces mostly ignore the problem, writes investigative journalist Alex Roslin in his award-winning book, Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence. The excerpt below is adapted from the book. His 2004 article in This about an RCMP officer who killed his ex-girlfriend was nominated for a National Magazine Award.

At 3 p.m. on April 26, 2003, Crystal Judson-Brame was speaking with her mother Patty on a cell phone while walking from her car to the pharmacy in a shopping mall parking lot.

“I think I see David,” she said referring to her estranged husband David Brame, the chief of the Tacoma Police Department, just south of Seattle. Brame had just pulled into the parking lot in another car with the couple’s two children.

Crystal’s father, Lane Judson, at home with Patty, told his wife, “If she sees him [David], tell her to get the hell out of there.”

But Crystal ended the call. “I gotta’ go, I gotta’ go, I gotta’ go,” she said.

Patty Judson tried to call her daughter back seven times in the next 12 minutes, but there was no answer. In the parking lot, Crystal returned to her car. But David slipped past her into the driver’s seat and sat with his feet on the ground, stopping her from getting into her vehicle. Witnesses heard raised voices.

“Oh no, don’t. Don’t!” Crystal was overheard saying.

David Brame suddenly pulled Crystal’s head down—or she may have crouched to protect herself; it’s not clear. The police chief drew his .45-calibre Glock service pistol and shot Crystal at point-blank range behind the left ear.

Crystal fell forward, a quarter turn to the right toward the rear of the car. David then shot himself in the right temple and fell backward while the couple’s two young kids sat in the other car nearby.

The children ran to their parents, their eight-year-old daughter screaming, “Daddy shot mommy! Daddy hurt mommy!”... Read the rest of the excerpt here.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Support "Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence" With a Book Review on Amazon

I need your help. Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence needs more reviews on its Amazon page to get it in the hands of the people who need it most: families of abusive police officers and those who can help them.

Writing a review only takes a minute or two. These families are isolated, desperate for information and scared for their safety. They often have nowhere to turn for help.

Police Wife may give them a crucial lifeline and valuable safety advice. It is the only journalistically written book worldwide about why up to 40% of cops commit domestic violence, how it hurts us all and what we can do to stop it.

But the book needs more Amazon reviews to make it easier to find online. Even a short review helps a lot. Please consider taking a minute or two to help. You may do someone a lifetime of good. Here is the Amazon page for Police Wife.

The first edition of Police Wife was the winner of the prestigious Arlene Book Award for Writing That Makes a Difference, given once every three years by the American Society of Journalists and Authors. It was also a finalist in four other international book prizes:

  • Hollywood Book Festival non-fiction book award (runner-up)
  • eLit Book Awards (silver medal)
  • INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards (bronze)
  • Next Generation Indie Book Awards (finalist)
More praise:

"Kudos and gratitude to Alex Roslin for speaking on behalf of the too-often silenced voices in abusive police families."
- Leanor Johnson, sociologist, Arizona State University, former member of FBI advisory board on police stress and family violence

"This is a book that should be given to the wife or girlfriend of every single male police officer."
- Sgt. Amy Ramsay, PhD, Ontario, senior police policy analyst, former president, International Association of Women Police, founding president, Ontario Women in Law Enforcement

"Roslin has done an excellent job in Police Wife, painting an accurate picture of domestic violence in the police family.... Police Wife is an important read for any police officer's spouse, but is also recommended to anyone interested in a significant issue in today's society."
- Det. Albert F. Seng, PhD, Retired, Tucson Police Department, Arizona

Buy Police Wife here on Amazon in paperback or for your Kindle.

Monday, 12 June 2017

The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence: How It Affects Us All

(Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly) Spring 2016

Abstract: This article shines a light on the extremely risky landscape on which family members of abusive police officers are forced to live. In this piece, author Alex Roslin articulates the terrifying situation endured by many spouses of domestically violent police officers as they seek protection from a partner who happens to carry a gun, because he happens to be a police officer. Among the most intractable barriers to justice is the habitual extension of “professional courtesy” as per the “thin blue line” of police officers who “protect their own.” Casting this situation in an even more dire light is the fact that the rate of abuse perpetration by police officers is 15 times higher than in the general population. © 2016, Alex Roslin. 

Alex Roslin is an award-winning investigative journalist and author of the book Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence, 2nd Ed. (Knowlton, Quebec: Sugar Hill Books, 2016), winner of the American Society of Journalists and Authors’ Arlene Book Award and a finalist for four other international book prizes.

Read the article here.

The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence: How It Affects Us All

(Domestic Violence Report) February/March 2016, by Alex RoslinIn 2019, in Utica, New York, police investigator Joseph Longo, Jr. killed his estranged wife Kristin Palumbo-Longo in their home, stabbing her more than a dozen times. He then stabbed himself to death. One of the couple's four children discovered the horrifying scene upon coming home from school that afternoon.

Utica's then-Police Chief Daniel LaBella said the killing was completely unexpected—an incident "no one could have prevented or predicted." But Kristin's family filed a $100-million wrongful death suit saying city and police officials did not do enough about Longo's troubling behavior before the tragedy.

Kristin had contacted police at least five times in the weeks before she was murdered, saying she feared her husband might kill her and their kids. But police supervisors discouraged her from making reports or seeking a protection order, according to the lawsuit. In a preliminary ruling, a federal judge agreed that the police actions may have "enhanced the danger to Kristin and amounted to deliberate interference." The city settled the suit in 2013, paying the couple's children $2 million.... Read the rest of the article here.

Police "Blue Wall of Silence" Facilitates Domestic Violence

(The Trauma & Mental Health Report) June 16, 2016, by Robert MullerIn January 1999, Pierre Daviault, a 24-year veteran constable of the Aylmer Police Services in Quebec, was arrested on 10 criminal charges for allegedly assaulting and drugging three ex-girlfriends between 1984 and 1999. Daviault resigned from the police force a few days later, but he was only sentenced to three years’ probation, no jail time.

In their 2015 book Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence authors Susanna Hope (pseudonym) and Alex Roslin describe instances of police spousal abuse within the U.S. and Canada, reporting that at least 40 percent of U.S. police-officer families experience domestic violence, compared to 10 percent of families in the general population.... Read the rest of the article here.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Canada's “Secret Epidemic” of Police Domestic Violence

Jacob Boon, The Coast of Halifax, Nova Scotia, November 6, 2015

A new books asks whether departments are unable or unwilling to address the violence in their ranks.

Cops make terrifying villains. They’re trained in the use of physical force. They know how to find people who don't want to be found. They own, and bring home, guns. For the kind of person who craves control, it's an attractive job. And if control is one of the main drivers behind domestic violence, asks Alex Roslin, is it any surprise that cops would be violent at home?
An award-winning journalist, Roslin’s investigatory writing has appeared in the Globe and MailToronto Star and the Montreal Gazette, among other outlets. He’s been writing about police-related domestic violence for 15 years and recently co-authored Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence. The author and his research suggest Canada’s police departments are unable or unwilling to acknowledge the blight of domestic abuse within their own ranks....
Read the full article.

Also click here to read The Coast's "Police wives and stories of domestic assault: A Q&A with author Alex Roslin about his new book."

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Book Review of "Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence"


Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer, Readers' Favorite, December 25, 2015

Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence... is a non-fiction book that condemns police domestic abuse and shows the horrors that police wives have to live every day....

Kudos to Alex Roslin for writing this book in a way that makes us appreciate our families more.... Read the full review.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Ms. Magazine Excerpt of "Police Wife"

Ms. Magazine, October 26, 2015

In 2009, in Utica, New York, police Investigator Joseph Longo Jr. killed his estranged wife, Kristin Palumbo-Longo, stabbing her more than a dozen times in their home, then stabbed himself to death. One of the couple's four children discovered the horrifying scene on coming home from school that afternoon.

Utica's then-Police Chief Daniel LaBella said the killing was completely unexpected -- an incident "no one could have prevented or predicted." But Kristin's family filed a $100-million wrongful-death suit saying city and police officials didn't do enough about Longo's troubling behaviour before the tragedy....

Click here to read more of Ms. Magazine's excerpt from Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence.

Friday, 3 February 2017

"Demolishing the Blue Wall of Silence"

Kimberly Bourgeois, Montreal Review of Books, Spring 2016

"Many enter policing with the best intentions -- to help others and serve their community -- and act with honour and courage," recognizes award-winning investigative journalist Alex Roslin, from Knowlton, Quebec....

From the very first page, Police Wife sensitizes readers to the horrors of domestic violence, highlighting the extra challenges faced by victims of officer-batterers, such as when 911 calls are answered by the aggressor's colleagues....

Police Wife takes a comprehensive look at a complex topic.... It's a substantial reference that includes endorsements from experts as well as practical resources for victims in the appendices....

Roslin's final chapter may be the most hopeful as it confronts the underlying systemic issues, which, if eventually addressed, could benefit everyone, including officers, whose high-risk lifestyles, marked by burnout and exposure to traumatic events, yield high divorce rates and substantially shorter lifespans. "Police families pay a steep price for being on the frontline of upholding our uneven social order," remarks Roslin, who urges readers to face the truth about police domestic violence: "It is a mirror reflected back on ourselves. May we see and finally act." Read the full book review.

"Police Domestic Abuse in North America: Understanding the Causes and Consequences of a Neglected Epidemic"

Interview with Anna Marchese, World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, December 7, 2015

Police violence in the United States and Canada has dominated the news over the past year. This violence typically focuses on abuse and excessive force by officers against the public. Recent allegations of police violence against Indigenous women in Val d'Or, Quebec, only illustrate the immediacy and severity of this issue. CKUT's Anna Marchese spoke to Alex Roslin about another aspect of police violence: domestic abuse. Roslin is co-author of "Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence," an investigative report that explores the issue.... Listen to the interview.