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Alcohol Abuse, PTSD, and Officer-Committed Domestic Violence

Title: Alcohol Abuse, PTSD, and Officer-Committed Domestic Violence.
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Name(s): Oehme, Karen, author
Donnelly, Elizabeth A. (Elizabeth Anne), author
Martin, Annelise, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2012
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: In a unique prevention project in a large US state, researchers explored how alcohol abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) rates influence rates of self-reported domestic violence committed by law enforcement officers. Survey methodology with a cross-sectional design was used, and multiple measures and instruments were analyzed. Because of the novel nature of the online curriculum and resources, there was no comparison group. A strong association—not a cause/effect relationship—was found: officers who had PTSD were four times more likely to report using physical violence, officers who had hazardous drinking were four times more likely to report violence, and dependent drinkers were eight times more likely to report being physically violent with an intimate partner. The findings suggest new opportunities for agency action and have resulted in new recommendations for training and policies to help support healthier law enforcement officers. No previous study has explored the link between PTSD, alcohol use, and domestic violence within this population.
Identifier: FSU_migr_csw_faculty_publications-0021 (IID), 10.1093/police/pas023 (DOI)
Keywords: alcohol abuse, PTSD, officer-committed violence, domestic violence
Note: This is the peer reviewed manuscript as accepted for publication in Policing. The version of record can be found at http://policing.oxfordjournals.org/content/6/4/418.full'>http://policing.oxfordjournals.org/content/6/4/418.full">http://policing.oxfordjournals.org/content/6/4/418.full
Citation: Oehme, K. L., Donnelly, E., & Martin, A. (2012). Alcohol Abuse, PTSD, and Officer-Committed Domestic Violence. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 418-430.
Subject(s): Social sciences
Social service
Links: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/police/pas023
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_csw_faculty_publications-0021
Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: College of Social Work Faculty Publications.
Is Part Of: Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice.
Issue: 4, 6

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Oehme, K., Donnelly, E. A. (E. A. ), & Martin, A. (2012). Alcohol Abuse, PTSD, and Officer-Committed Domestic Violence. Policing. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/police/pas023