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Relationship violence calls are the single largest category of calls made to police across the country.
Because most of the victims are women and most of the batterers men, it is important to have female officers on the force to be effective in responding to these calls.
Tragically, in the last 20 years, there has been very little progress for women in policing, and even less success in eliminating the underlying anti-women biases and policies that permeate police agencies. And especially, new people like yourself are needed to take up the cause.
In this section we lay out some of the research, the lessons learned, and thoughts for future directions.
How police respond to violence against women is pivotal to women's freedom around the world.
Around the world, police make these decisions in the most critical moments of women's lives literally hundreds of thousands of times a day. Taken together, the sum force of all these police decisions determines to a great degree whether or not the world's women live in freedom, or whether we continue to live under the constant tyranny and threat of male violence, a one-sided reign of violence that constricts every other freedom women have fought so hard to gain.
Sexual harassment is more prevalent in male-dominated workplaces.
Hiring and retaining more women reduces the numeric underrepresentation of female officers and, as a result, enhances the organizational climate.
Female officers have proved to be as competent as their male counterparts.
Research from departments in nine cities across the country indicates that women officers were equally as qualified as their male counterparts for patrol work.It doesn't matter how strong your violence against women laws may be, if police fail to enforce those laws, women are no better off than if the laws didn't exist at all.