Some challenges in policing domestic violence
CITATION: Retief, R. & Green, S. 2015. Some challenges in policing domestic violence. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 51(1): 135-147, doi:10.15270/51-1-432.
The original publication is available at http://socialwork.journals.ac.za
Domestic violence is one of the most prevalent forms of violence dealt with by police officers on a daily basis. In order to understand their experiences and response to domestic violence incidents, a purposive sample of twenty-eight police officers in the Western Cape Province were involved in a qualitative phenomenological study.The paper reports on the experiences and challenges of police officers in policing different types of domestic violence. Recommendations on how to equip police officers to deal more effectively with the challenges inherent in domestic violence are offered.