Date of Award
Criminology and Justice Studies-BA
Sociology, Criminology and Justice Studies
Dr. Leesa Kern
First Committee Member
Dr. Leesa Kern
Second Committee Member
Dr. Michele Acker
Third Committee Member
Dr. Jenny Merkowitz
police, training, sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence
Criminology | Higher Education | Psychology
The current study examines how police officers in various settings perceive interpersonal violence response training as well as how they respond to vignettes detailing hypothetical scenarios of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking. A common criticism of experience with police following a traumatic occurrence of sexual or interpersonal violence is inappropriate attitude and conduct on behalf of law enforcement agents. Trauma and victim centered training may improve police responding within this field; however, the training received is variable (Campbell et al., 2019; Kinney et al., 2007). In this study, ten participants answered interview or survey items detailing the extent of their training on interpersonal violence and how they perceived such trainings. Additionally, participants completed a survey wherein they read vignettes detailing a hypothetical scenario of interpersonal violence and described how they would respond. The hypothesis for this study, that officers who have completed more training will display more elements of trauma-informed knowledge and response than officers who have completed less training was unsupported. Additionally, three inductive themes were identified in participant response such as de-emphasizing the importance of IV trainings, a victim-centered/trauma informed response, and a need for alteration in trainings.
Copyright, all rights reserved. Fair Use
Hilt, Genna, "Training on Law Enforcement's Response to Interpersonal Violence" (2023). Undergraduate Distinction Papers. 108.