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Einolf, Christopher

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M.A. (Master of Arts)

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Department of Sociology


The present thesis examines the views that police have towards cases of same-sex IPV(intimate partner violence) in a qualitative sense. An issue highlighted by poor relations and uneven rates of arrest; this study sought to look beyond the usual quantitative approach to the issue. This was analyzed through use of semi-structured interviews with both law enforcement and social service workers in domestic violence organizations. 13 interviews were conducted, 6 with law enforcement, and 7 with social service workers, asking the participants about their views and interactions with same-sex cases, police, and the LGBTQ community as a whole. The results implied a set of two different social realities between the groups, with law enforcement viewing the system as fair to all, and social service workers saying it was not doing enough for victims. Yet in this disagreement, an interesting point was found, as both sides seemingly held common views on how to improve it. From this analysis, I suggest another layer exists in the issue, with the detachment police have from those involved in these cases leading to these negative interactions. This reality that law enforcement is in may in turn be leading to the poor interactions described by those in social work, rather than any true animosity towards the community. It is from this analysis that I suggest a continued focus on this disconnect and call for more community-oriented approaches as a step to mend the relationship between law enforcement and the LGBTQ community.


57 pages




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