Diane Wetendorf

A life-long advocate and feminist, Diane's pioneering work in police officer-involved domestic violence 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.” In 1996, while director of counseling for a community domestic violence agency, Diane created a unique program to provide specialized counseling, legal, and advocacy services for survivors of officer-involved domestic violence. She has trained community advocates, prosecutors, and law enforcement in the U.S. and Canada, helped professionals define systemic advocacy issues, and contributed thousands of hours of counseling. Diane now focuses her efforts on writing and advocacy. LEARN MORE ABOUT DIANE...

Hijacked by the Right: Battered Women in America’s Culture War

Extensively researched exposé of the family justice center movement and the stealth take-over of community services by law enforcement, corporate interests, and the conservative right. “Domestic violence has become the new front of the Religious Right's war on women.” READ MORE...

Crossing the Threshold: Female Officers and Police-Perpetrated Domestic Violence

Law enforcement's historical attitudes about women and minorities provides the background for this book about domestic violence in police families. Vital reading for those who wear the uniform or know someone who does. “Wetendorf’s review of the historical treatment of women and minorities by law enforcement grounds this pioneering book for women in law enforcement.” READ MORE...

Police Domestic Violence: A Handbook for Victims

Women whose abusers are in law enforcement face extraordinary challenges unique to their position as members of the police family. A valuable resource for both victims and advocates as it explores the dynamics of officer-involved domestic violence. “The first book written specifically for survivors of police-perpetrated domestic violence.” READ MORE...

When the Batterer Is a Law Enforcement Officer: A Guide for Advocates

As an advocate, you may be the only source of support and information for a survivor, especially when the abuser is in law enforcement. Police-perpetrated domestic violence brings us face to face with the challenges inherent in institutional change. "Puts us all on notice that we need to reclaim and hold our ground as independent advocates who monitor systems from the outside." LEARN MORE...

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