Crossing the Threshold



The police culture’s focus on authority and control can affect officers’ personal relationships. Law enforcement’s historical attitudes about women and minorities provides the background for this book about domestic violence in police families. In this groundbreaking book, Diane Wetendorf boldly exposes the politics and dynamics confronting women in uniform, particularly those in law enforcement. Serving in a male-dominated institution presents challenges not found in civilian life, as the remedies available to most civilian women are simply untenable. It is always a volatile situation when a police officer is the perpetrator of domestic violence; it’s an explosive situation when both the abuser and victim are officers.

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About the Author

Diane Wetendorf is a life-long advocate who pioneered the field of police officer-involved domestic violence. Her work has resulted in thousands of advocates learning how to safely help survivors, and untold numbers of battered women knowing “they are not alone, they are not exaggerating, and they are certainly not crazy.” Diane is the author of Police Domestic Violence: A Handbook for Victims, the first book written specifically for survivors of police-perpetrated domestic violence; When the Batterer Is a Law Enforcement Officer: A Guide for Advocates; and Crossing the Threshold: Female Officers and Police-Perpetrated Domestic Violence, a ground-breaking book for women in law enforcement. Her latest book, Hijacked by the Right: Battered Women in America’s Culture War, closely examines the San Diego-based Family Justice Center Alliance and the effect of political and religious conservatives on domestic violence services internationally. Her website is

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