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"

5 STARS

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.

"TBL author wins five awards in 2016"

Ann Davidson, The Sherbrooke Record, December 19, 2016

TOWN OF BROME LAKE, QUEBEC -- For award-winning investigative reporter, author, and TBL resident Alex Roslin, it has been a year of glory amidst the challenges of completing a revised edition of his book, "Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence".... Read more.

"La violence conjugale plus répandue chez les policiers?"

Claudia Berthiaume, Le Journal de Montréal, November 2, 2015

La publication récente d'un livre prétendant qu'il y a une "épidémie secrète" de violence conjugale chez les policiers fait sursauter les forces de l'ordre québécoioses.

"Un nombre bouleversant de cas de violence conjugale se déroule derrière les murs des maisons des policiers alors que la plupart des services de police font très peu pour les contrer," écrit d'entrée de jeu l'auteur Alex Roslin.... Read more.