Perceptions of Adult Witnesses to Domestic Violence of Law Enforcement Officers, and Law Enforcement Officers' Self-Perceived Competence in Handling Domestic Violence Calls

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) and current adults who were witnesses to Domestic Violence (DV) as minors, and the effect of these interactions on trust of police. This study also examined Law Enforcement Officer's (LEO's) perceptions of training on self-perceived competence during DV encounters. The method employed for this inquiry was a quantitative study which intended to gather data from these two groups; witnesses to Domestic Violence (DV) where Law Enforcement (LE) had been involved, and Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs). The data obtained for this study was gathered from these two groups through the distribution of a survey questionnaire and focused on examining the levels of trust of LEOs among witnesses to DV where LE was involved, and LEO's level of training and self-perceived competence during these interactions. Results showed LEO perceptions of self-competence increased with the number of DV trainings they received, and that among DV witnesses, no demographic variables other than age and ethnicity (African American) showed significant effects on levels of trust of police.