Intervening in domestic violence as a police task: legal reform and policing versus citizens’ perspective

Monica Fagerlund, Juha Kääriäinen

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Violence in Western societies has received increased public and legal attention during the past few decades, while simultaneously, evidence of decreased violent behaviour has been identified. A specific type of violence that has undergone changes in visibility and increased legal intervention is domestic violence (DV). Have people become more sensitive to all kinds of violence? In this case, DV would not stand out as a crime demanding increasing police intervention. In this article, the public’s perceptions of the importance of intervening in DV as a police task are analysed. Comparisons with the assessed importance of other types of police tasks are made to evaluate the changes in a broader attitudinal context, and official police statistics are reflected against the trends identified from the survey data. In the results, DV stands out in the comparison of change in the importance of police tasks. The hypothesis of increased cultural sensitivity is not confirmed concerning all types of crimes – or even violent crimes. The results can be understood to support the theory about increased cultural sensitivity concerning an issue previously seen as a private matter rather than a criminal act and police matter – DV.
TidskriftJournal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention
Sidor (från-till)78-97
Antal sidor21
StatusPublicerad - 2018
MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad


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