Dirbančių ir būsimų policijos pareigūnų nuostatos į smurtą artimoje aplinkoje
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In this paper the peculiarities of Lithuanian police officers and students - future police officers attitudes toward domestic violence have been analyzed. The paper aims to identify and to compare the attitude of officers and students toward various aspects of domestic violence; to analyze the dynamics of such attitudes in four year since 2007; to compare attitude of different sex; to define psychological causes able to hinder officers in properly carrying their duties in the incidents of domestic violence. In the research 209 MRU Public Security Faculty Law and Police activity students and 167 working police officers participated. A questionnaire of 12 questions for police officers and one of 7 questions for students worked out by the authors were used to examine the respondents understanding and evaluation of various aspects of domestic violence, understanding about causes of violence, possible psychological obstacles to officer actions during violent conflict in the family. The result analysis indicated that there is no big change in the officer’s attitude toward domestic violence since 2007. At the same time attitudes of police officers do not much differ from students attitude though some slightly differences exist – more students than police officers are thinking that combating domestic violence is of high priority of police work and domestic violence is not only a private matter. Some gender differences in evaluating domestic violence were found. Men officers attribute more responsibility for violence in the family to woman; express bigger unwillingness to interfere into the violent conflict thinking that that is private, family affair. It seems that main obstacles to deal more effectively with the incidence of domestic violence are not only the prejudicial thinking but not having skills of working with family incidences, not knowing how to enact the Law of Domestic Violence.
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