DIANE WETENDORF is a life-long advocate who pioneered the field of police officer-involved domestic violence. Her work has helped thousands of domestic violence advocates, family attorneys, and law enforcement professionals learn how to safely help survivors. Untold numbers of battered women now know "they are not alone, they are not exaggerating, and they are certainly not crazy."
Diane is the author of Police Domestic Violence: A Handbook for Victims, the first book written specifically for survivors of police-perpetrated domestic violence; When the Batterer Is a Law Enforcement Officer: A Guide for Advocates; as well as Crossing the Threshold: Female Officers & Police-Perpetrated Domestic Violence, a ground-breaking book for women in law enforcement. Her latest book, Hijacked by the Right: Battered Women in America's Culture War, examines how domestic violence has become the new front of the war on women. Her careful analysis of the Family Justice Center "one-stop" model shows how political and religious conservatives are impacting social services and opportunities for all women and their families. Additional articles are available on her website abuseofpower.info.
Now retired, Diane worked with law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. and Canada; conducted workshops and seminars for local, state, and national audiences; served as expert witness in both the U.S. and Canada; and provided thousands of hours of counseling and support to survivors of domestic violence.
It is a volatile situation when a police officer is a batterer; it's explosive when both the perpetrator and the victim are officers. Women in law enforcement face unique challenges in the male-dominated profession. This is the first book written for female officers who face domestic violence in their own homes.
Women whose abusers are in law enforcement face extraordinary challenges unique to their position as members of the police family. A valuable resource for both victims and advocates as it explores the dynamics of officer-involved domestic violence.