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Introduction: The Problem Of Policing Marital Violence

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The problem of 'improving' the policing of marital violence is conceptualised by police reformers as principally one of changing the practices and community responsiveness of the police to adopting a more interventionist approach in domestic situations. Evidence of a willingness to improve the policing of marital violence in the Singapore Police Force (SPF) could be traced to the introduction of the Domestic Violence Project at a police division in April 1995. A significant development in the implementation of the Domestic Violence Project was the extension of the socio-legal control mechanisms which dealt with the problem of marital violence, and the empowerment of family service centres to act as 'official gatekeepers' of domestic cases of assault that entered the criminal justice system. This chapter presents an overview of how the other chapters of the book are organised.

Keywords: Domestic Violence Project; marital violence; police reformers; Singapore Police Force (SPF)

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