Note: This blog was originally posted on the Stop Abuse Campaign blog. For the full post, please go to the following page: http://stopabusecampaign.com/uncategorized/policing-the-police.
Real quotes from real survivors
“… In 10 years I called twice. My first call I had a bloodied lip and their response was if he wasn’t there then they could do nothing. My second call was when he yanked me down by my hair with my newborn daughter in my arms. I was told since I had no visible injuries they couldn’t make him leave.”
“I called 911. One of the two police officers responding stated ‘It’s his house … he can punch a hole in the door if he wants to,’” as well as “They didn’t think it was rape, because he didn’t hold me down or anything.
“The police didn’t enforce my protective order. [They] told me they had to witness my ex in the act of violating it…”
“You need to stop provoking him.”
“I was also asked to go on a date by one of the officers involved at the time.”
These are real quotes from real survivors of intimate partner violence. Unfortunately, these are responses from law enforcement officers when survivors reached out for help.
One of our goals is to eradicate the stigma that still surrounds intimate partner violence – this includes educating and raising awareness about some of the injustices survivors face everywhere. The last thing that a survivor needs after calling 9-1-1 for help is to be met with these types of responses.
For more, please visit the Stop Abuse Campaign blog: http://stopabusecampaign.com/uncategorized/policing-the-police.