Domestic Violence: Facts and Fallacies

Domestic Violence: Facts and Fallacies

Domestic Violence: Facts and Fallacies

Domestic Violence: Facts and Fallacies


This is an honest and insightful discussion of domestic violence from the perspective of a police officer who has experienced it in his home and encountered it professionally. Davis, a sociologist as well, uses his dual background to demonstrate that current treatment of domestic violence abuses is ineffective. A must read for all police officers, criminologists, and citizens who care about finding a successful solution to this issue.


Certainly not all readers will agree with my observations or the position set forth in this book. Certainly not all those I thank for their help have agreed with all the observations or positions set forth in this book.

In this book I seek to provide the reader with a series of serious questions regarding the status and relevance concerning the issue of contemporary domestic violence and its victims. It is not my intent to present inflexible propositions, but to make observations clear enough to be understood and thought about. It is not the purpose of this book to be critical but to be educationally provocative and to stimulate serious discussion. This book is intended for an extensive readership. For clarity and comprehension, I have sometimes stressed the same point more than once. In sum, what is at stake is whether our public policymakers are serious about the issue of domestic violence or whether they are just entangled in another political dance.

I thank Ruth Fishbach, Ph.D., Harvard University. She understood why, what, and where I had not explored. Without her encouragement, guidance, and most important her posing of the questions that had not yet been asked and answered, this book would not have been possible.

I thank Bonnie for her insight and prompting comments on the original work. I thank Fred for his assistance in defraying the cost of conveyance for the aforementioned work. I am grateful to Bridget, Lee, Beth, and Bill for their special assistance. I thank Donald and Sheila for their perspicacity concerning form.

To Ian and Dylan, special thanks for time stolen from your lives.

And to my wife Robin, at once my harshest critic and my biggest champion. I thank you for your long-suffering support and patience. And yes Robin, honest, the book is finished.

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