You’re dispatched to a house for domestic violence call. You and your backup officers arrive to the location and find the husband yelling at his wife – who shows obvious signs of abuse – while the children huddle in a corner, crying. You begin to arrest the husband, and as you’re walking him to the door, a four-year-old child rushes to cling to their father’s leg.
“Don’t take my daddy away!”
How do you calm the child down while performing your law enforcement duty?
PREVENTING LASTING TRAUMA
According to the Department of Justice, it is estimated that more than 1.7 million American children currently have a parent in prison. Every year, millions of kids in the United States witness the arrest of their parent or caretaker – primarily for domestic violence. This trauma often results in mistrust of officers.