CopShock: Second Edition
Surviving Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

by Allen R. Kates, MFAW, BCECR

 Domestic Abuse

Although statistics vary from study to study, some form of domestic abuse and violence occurs in 14 percent to nearly 60 percent of police marriages. Military families experience a similar incidence of abuse. These reactions may be attributed to the stress of the job, unreasonable expectations, and exposure to trauma. This subject deserves attention as one of the least talked about secrets concerning the effects of police work.


Blain Nelson’s Abuse Pages
Blain is a recovering spouse abuser. The website tells his story, provides a lot of information, and offers a list of Frequently Asked Questions that determine spousal abuse.
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Domestic Violence Hotlines & Resources
Offering phone numbers and addresses for organizations that combat family violence throughout the U.S., this site also provides Internet resources and shelter information.
   Go to: Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline toll-free: 800-799-7233. 800-787-3224 TDD.

National Center for Women & Policing (NCWP)
The NCWP provides resources for victims of police family abuse as well as information about work place harassment and discrimination. In particular, check out a fact sheet on the website about police officer domestic violence at
   Go to: Write: The National Center for Women and Policing, 433 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Phone: 310-556-2526.