Those of us who were working within the criminal justice system during
the early 1980's remember how it used to be before domestic violence
was taken seriously.

The policy of police departments throughout the United States was to
treat domestic violence as a matter that should not involve the courts.
When responding to domestic disturbances, police officers were trained
to simply "keep the peace."

Standard policy for police officers responding to these calls was to first
break up the fight and then to tell one of the parties (usually the man),
to leave the house for the evening so that things could cool off.

Police officers were specifically trained that they should not make
arrests in these types of cases, since they were "civil matters."

Obviously, the policy and practice of not making arrests was flawed.
Victims of domestic violence were afforded almost no protection and
many people were seriously hurt as a result.

Fortunately, things began to change during the mid 1980's as a result
of a couple of cases that caught national attention.

Movies such as the "Burning Bed," starring Farrah Fawcett, woke up
Americans to the problem of domestic violence and challenged our
cultural beliefs about these cases.

Domestic violence was no longer that dirty little secret families had to
keep. Suddenly, it was recognized in mainstream America that victims
of domestic violence deserved protection.

Consequently, law enforcement's method of dealing with domestic
violence also changed.

Police departments throughout the nation implemented policies
requiring officers to hand out pamphlets to victims of domestic violence
that explained their rights to move to a shelter and to press charges.

Also, when victims of domestic violence incidents told the officers that
they wanted to press charges, officers would take their complaints
seriously and would usually place the perpetrator under arrest.

Victims of domestic violence were finally listened to when they desired

This shift in policy created more work for police departments and the
courts, but was generally welcomed by professionals who cared about
protecting victims of domestic violence.
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