As a law enforcement issue, officers encounter domestic violence cases on patrol every night and undergo specific training to deal with the volatility of domestic abuse, said Sgt. Tim Feeley, who manages the Glendale Police Department violent crimes unit.
“It is different because of the dynamics,” he said. “You’re dealing with these intensely personal relationships, which affect how these cases are investigated. They can become very frustrating because we can see a need to help a person, but because of all the issues that surround an incident, people can’t leave these relationships — either economics, fear, pride. A lot of it keeps the people from walking away.”
Laws require police to make arrests when there is evidence of physical abuse, but it is up to the victims to either remain in the situation or uproot themselves from a problematic living situation or relationship, he said.