Police Empathy Analytical Essay by Nicky

A discussion of the hypothesis that levels of police empathy change according to length of time on duty.
# 145686 | 1,000 words | 3 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 23, 2010 in Sociology (Theory) , Law (Criminal) , Criminology (Public and Crime) , Political Science (General)

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In this article, the writer maintains that it is important to discern whether law enforcement officials are empathetic towards these victims. It is hypothesized that on a general basis, the longer police officers are on active duty, the less empathy they will have towards victims of violence. This study attempts to assess whether law enforcement officials, especially those on the 'front line', are empathetic, or if they become more jaded in their viewpoints in regards to victims of violence the longer they are exposed to such situations. The study concentrates on those police officers that regularly respond to situations of violence and the effects that such exposure has on their empathy towards the victims of said violence. The writer concludes that one of the drawbacks to this type of survey is that it assumes that each individual police officer is going to be exposed to approximately the same number of incidences of violence.

From the Paper:

"The reason that this hypothesis is important is due to the fact that many victims of violence are oftentimes part of a recurring cycle. This is especially true in regards to victims of domestic violence. Many times these victims are women who are being battered or abused by their spouses or significant others, and just as often it is a recurring situation. Many times the victims have been exposed to police officers who seem to be less than caring in nature. One recent article states that the victim's reluctance to report violence is that they feel there is no empathy from the responding police officers. The article states that victims ..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cattaneo, L.B.; Bell, M.E.; Goodman, L.A.; Dutton, M.A.; (2007) Intimate partner violence victims' accuracy in assessing their risk of re-abuse, Journal of Family Violence, Vol. 22, pp. 429 - 440
  • Rosenfeld, D.L.; (2008) Correlative rights and boundaries of freedom: Protecting the civil right of endangered women, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Vol. 43, No. 1, pp. 257 - 266
  • Smith, R.L.; (2008) Immigrant wife abuse often a hidden shame, The Christian Century, Vol. 125, No. 19, pp. 20 - 21

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