Domestic violence in police families - KULR8.com | Montana's News Leader | Billings, MT

Domestic violence in police families

Posted: Updated:
BILLINGS, Mont. -

According to the National Center for Women and Policing, studies find at least 40 percent of law enforcement families experience domestic violence.

The same studies show that only 10 percent of families in the general population experience violence.

The Purple Berets, an advocacy group for those suffering domestic violence in police families, said in a nationwide survey of 123 police departments 45 percent of them have no specific policy for dealing with officer-involved domestic violence.

The Purple Berets said the same survey shows the discipline in most cases for domestic violence was counseling and only 19 percent of those departments indicated officers would be terminated after the second sustained allegation of domestic violence.

Women and Policing said victims of police officers tend to feel more vulnerable because the officer abusing them typically;

     - has a gun and knows how to use it

     - knows the location of battered women shelters

     - knows how to manipulate the system to avoid penalty

Although this type of domestic violence takes place, the International Association of Chiefs of Police does have a "domestic violence by police officers model policy."

The policy provides police departments with an approach for handling this type of violence in a way that emphasizes victim safety.

The policy offers procedures for prevention and training, as well as  protocols for violent situations.

To see the full policy, click here.

We are still working to find out whether Montana law enforcement has a policy regarding domestic violence cases in police families. 

  • LocalMore>>

  • Rose Park spends their last summer day with furry friends

    Rose Park spends their last summer day with furry friends

    Monday, August 21 2017 1:13 AM EDT2017-08-21 05:13:56 GMT

    What better way to spend a hot day with your furry pals than at the pool. .

    What better way to spend a hot day with your furry pals than at the pool. .

  • MontanaFair wrap up

    MontanaFair wrap up

    Sunday, August 20 2017 9:04 PM EDT2017-08-21 01:04:31 GMT

    MontanaFair is over and as MetraPark clears out all equipment and rides, general manager Bill Dutcher said we've had a successful week and we couldn't have done it without all the engineers and employees on staff.

    MontanaFair is over and as MetraPark clears out all equipment and rides, general manager Bill Dutcher said we've had a successful week and we couldn't have done it without all the engineers and employees on staff.

  • 4-H kids say goodbye to their animals

    4-H kids say goodbye to their animals

    Sunday, August 20 2017 1:02 AM EDT2017-08-20 05:02:47 GMT

    Over the last week, KULR 8 introduced you to some amazing 4-H kids. Now, those kids who have proudly shown their animals, have to part with them.

    Over the last week, KULR 8 introduced you to some amazing 4-H kids. Now, those kids who have proudly shown their animals, have to part with them.

  • MontanaMore>>

  • Griz offense shines in second scrimmage of fall camp

    Griz offense shines in second scrimmage of fall camp

    Saturday, August 19 2017 3:33 PM EDT2017-08-19 19:33:54 GMT

    The Montana Grizzly defense might have stolen the show last week in the first scrimmage of fall camp. But the offense would not be denied Saturday as they racked up 24 first downs and nearly 400 yards of total offense.  

    The Montana Grizzly defense might have stolen the show last week in the first scrimmage of fall camp. But the offense would not be denied Saturday as they racked up 24 first downs and nearly 400 yards of total offense.  

  • Bowling Green kicker drills 53-yard field goal to earn scholarship

    Bowling Green kicker drills 53-yard field goal to earn scholarship

    Saturday, August 19 2017 1:21 AM EDT2017-08-19 05:21:35 GMT
    An Ohio college football player kicked his way onto a full ride scholarship. Bowling Green State University sophomore Jake Suder was set to play this upcoming football season without a scholarship. Head coach Mike Jinks said he could earn one if he made a 53-yard field goal. Suder drilled it through the uprights, earning a full ride scholarship for the rest of his time at school. In 2016, Suder was the team's primary kicker, making 9-of-12 field goal attempts and 35-of-38 extra points.
    An Ohio college football player kicked his way onto a full ride scholarship. Bowling Green State University sophomore Jake Suder was set to play this upcoming football season without a scholarship. Head coach Mike Jinks said he could earn one if he made a 53-yard field goal. Suder drilled it through the uprights, earning a full ride scholarship for the rest of his time at school. In 2016, Suder was the team's primary kicker, making 9-of-12 field goal attempts and 35-of-38 extra points.
  • Crow Tribe members celebrate 99th Crow Fair

    Crow Tribe members celebrate 99th Crow Fair

    Friday, August 18 2017 10:29 PM EDT2017-08-19 02:29:00 GMT

    "Crow tradition and our family is all we got," said event organizer Seth Whiteclay. 

    "Crow tradition and our family is all we got," said event organizer Seth Whiteclay. 

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • How to spot fake solar eclipse glasses

    How to spot fake solar eclipse glasses

    Tuesday, August 15 2017 8:35 PM EDT2017-08-16 00:35:25 GMT

    Don't get caught with "shady" glasses during the solar eclipse. We have some tips on what to look for before the moon obscures the sun.

    Don't get caught with "shady" glasses during the solar eclipse. We have some tips on what to look for before the moon obscures the sun.

  • Safely viewing the solar eclipse

    Safely viewing the solar eclipse

    Wednesday, August 9 2017 8:40 PM EDT2017-08-10 00:40:58 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - On Monday, August 21, all of North America will have a solar eclipse. The moon will pass in between the sun and the earth, blocking it. The moon will completely block the sun for a total of 2 minutes 40 seconds, turning day into night.  It's never safe to look directly at the sun, except during the brief phase of the total eclipse. The only safe way to look directly at the un-eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-

    SPOKANE, Wash. - On Monday, August 21, all of North America will have a solar eclipse. The moon will pass in between the sun and the earth, blocking it. The moon will completely block the sun for a total of 2 minutes 40 seconds, turning day into night.  It's never safe to look directly at the sun, except during the brief phase of the total eclipse. The only safe way to look directly at the un-eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-

  • Our Apologies

    The page you requested is currently unavailable. Pages on this site are constantly being revised, updated, and occasionally removed. You may have followed an outdated link or have outdated pages in your
    You have reached a page which is currently unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please use your browser's BACK button to return to the previous page
  • Before buying solar eclipse glasses, here's what you should look out for

    Before buying solar eclipse glasses, here's what you should look out for

    Monday, August 14 2017 8:47 PM EDT2017-08-15 00:47:49 GMT

    One week from Monday, millions of people will stop what they are doing and gaze up at the sun.

    One week from Monday, millions of people will stop what they are doing and gaze up at the sun.

  • MontanaFair wrap up

    MontanaFair wrap up

    Sunday, August 20 2017 9:04 PM EDT2017-08-21 01:04:31 GMT

    MontanaFair is over and as MetraPark clears out all equipment and rides, general manager Bill Dutcher said we've had a successful week and we couldn't have done it without all the engineers and employees on staff.

    MontanaFair is over and as MetraPark clears out all equipment and rides, general manager Bill Dutcher said we've had a successful week and we couldn't have done it without all the engineers and employees on staff.

  • Partially nude photos result in educator's license suspension

    Partially nude photos result in educator's license suspension

    Friday, August 18 2017 8:24 PM EDT2017-08-19 00:24:54 GMT

    As students embark on their next school year, questions are finally being answered as to why former assistant principal Sarah Sheldon stepped down unexpectedly last December.

    As students embark on their next school year, questions are finally being answered as to why former assistant principal Sarah Sheldon stepped down unexpectedly last December.

  • Rose Park spends their last summer day with furry friends

    Rose Park spends their last summer day with furry friends

    Monday, August 21 2017 1:13 AM EDT2017-08-21 05:13:56 GMT

    What better way to spend a hot day with your furry pals than at the pool. .

    What better way to spend a hot day with your furry pals than at the pool. .

  • Eclipse safety for your pets

    Eclipse safety for your pets

    Thursday, August 17 2017 7:45 PM EDT2017-08-17 23:45:53 GMT

    We all know that humans need special protection to view the solar eclipse, but what about your pets? 

    We all know that humans need special protection to view the solar eclipse, but what about your pets?