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Domestic Violence in the Law Enforcement Family: Past, Present and Future  

Author:  Mark Wynn.; Valerie Wynn.

Source: Volume 11, Number 03, Winter 2019 , pp.23-29(7)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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Mark Wynn retired with the rank of Lieutenant from the Nashville, Tennessee Police Department and served as National and International Law Enforcement Trainer and Consultant on Violence Against Women and Faculty for IACP’s National Law Enforcement Leadership Initiative on Violence Against Women. He was a key creator of the largest police domestic violence investigative unit in the U.S. where he investigated and supervised cases of officer involved domestic and sexual violence. Valerie Wynn has worked with domestic and sexual violence victims for the past 20 years and is the Founder and Executive Director at the Mary Parrish Center for Victims of Domestic & Sexual Violence, Nashville, the only dedicated-site therapeutic transitional housing program in Tennessee. This article reviews the current policy, culture, and practices in the police community with respect to domestic violence, efforts by the IACP and other organizations to develop and promote ethical practices in domestic violence enforcement, new protocols for investigation and intervention, important research data and findings on officer-involved domestic violence, and innovative training and enforcement aids including the National Prevention Toolkit on Officer Involved Domestic Toolkit.

Keywords: Police Officer-Involved Domestic Violence; Domestic Violence by Police Officer Agency Self-Assessment; International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)

Affiliations:  1: Nashville Police Department (Retired); 2: Mary Parrish Center.

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