For five years now, my now ex-husband and now retired law enforcement officer has stalked and terrorized me.
It is bad enough to be abused by a batterer without power and influence, but when an officer is involved, with a broad sphere of influence, the battles for survival become even more fierce.
Even worse yet, is when the officer decides to stalk unrelentingly and the system takes no action.Most police officers who are batterers use aspects of their position to gain undue advantage.
In the cases of Officer-Involved Domestic Violence (OIDV) it is apparent that whatever the officer's training, expertise, fascination and specialized equipment is, is what is used against his victim. With OIDV being estimated as high as 40% among law enforcement families, there is a huge number of women in our nation who need help because they have no safe place to even report the violence. The issues surrounding escaping, divorcing, and struggling to survive are unique, unlike other domestic violence.The police officer knows where the shelters are, he can easily have other officers follow his wife or girlfriend, and he knows the "boys in blue" will cover for him. Often the victim is blamed, evidence planted, coercion transpires, death threats are made, the victim is told to recant and the fear factor flies off the charts.
I know, because I have lived it. I believe my cop-stalker has used all his training, his power and influence and his city-issued police equipment to perpetrate crimes against me and to get away with all but murder!
To hear more, this courageous woman, Susan Rhoades will be on Justice Interrupted Crime Radio, October, 14, 2008
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