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."

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