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Policing domestic violence: the problem-solving paradigm

Lawrence W Sherman and Heather Strang

presented at:
Problem-Solving Policing as Crime Prevention
Hasseludden, Stockholm
10-11 September 1996

presented at:
Problem-Solving Policing as Crime Prevention
Hasseludden, Stockholm
10-11 September 1996

Abstract

In 1979, Goldstein proposed a problem solving paradigm of policing with three essential elements: defining public safety problems more precisely; analysing each problem; and finding more effective solutions to each problem. This paper examines the current state and future directions of the problem solving policing science of domestic violence. It compares police knowledge and practice with the goals of the paradigm, element by element, and concludes with two major implications of the domestic violence experience.