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Richard L. Davis is a retired lieutenant from the Brockton, Mass., Police Department. He completed studies in Criminal Justice Management at LaSalle University. He has a graduate degree in criminal justice from Anna Maria College, and another in liberal arts with a concentration in history from Harvard University.  Lieutenant Richard L. Davis is the author of Domestic Violence: Facts and Fallacies and Domestic Violence: Intervention, Prevention, Policies, and Solutions.

Various Reviews of Domestic Violence: Facts and Fallacies:

“Combining scholarly research and his own experiences as a police officer, Davis persuasively makes the case that, as a broad institution, the criminal justice system has miserably failed the victims of intra-family violence....Davis' explanation of how court system boondoggles thwart efforts to deter spousal attacks is alone worth the price of the book....Our understanding of domestic violence is becoming more sophisticated. And Davis, street-smart and informed, is challenging us to update our laws to reflect that growing awareness.”–APB Online www.apbonline.com

“[T]his book is not just another pie in the sky, I feel your pain, liberal bedtime story....Davis' book is very well written and speaks to the side of domestic violence that is very seldom addressed. It is a common sense approach....recommend[ed] for all law enforcement professionals involved in policy development and domestic violence training....also a must read for every police recruit in the country.”–The Law Enforcement Trainer's Page

“[Davis] writes in a lucid style that can be easily understood by students, professionals, and the general public. He also backs up his work by extensive chapter notes, appendices and bibliography. This should be a major resource in the understanding of the domestic violence problem and will no doubt be a text book in demand by academics.”–The Cape Cod Journal

“In a comprehensive review of relevant research, Davis clarifies police behavior and stresses the necessity of broad-based community cooperation to improve domestic violence intervention.”–A Journal of Reviews and Commentary in Mental Health

One reader of Domestic Violence: Facts and Fallacies said, “domestic violence is still not treated as a serious crime by the criminal justice system because it is not by legal definition a serious crime." In his text 'Domestic Violence, Facts and Fallacies,' Richard L. Davis shares anecdotes and insights from his twenty-one years on the Brockton, Massachusetts police force and single-handedly shatters the stereotype of the macho, donut munching man in blue. It is very difficult to fully get one's mind around the concept of domestic violence. Relationships in the 90's are very fluid and unconventional: this alone can stretch the definition of "domestic." Davis spends the first few chapters trying to elucidate a broad definition of domestic violence, and frankly, gets bogged down in doing so. He also investigates the history of gender relationships in our society. However, these steps are necessary in order to lay the groundwork for his premise that "...for every complex problem there is a simple and elegant solution that is wrong." The quagmire of mandatory arrests and civil (as opposed to criminal) restraining orders are some of the solutions we have relied upon that are not only dysfunctional, but may be fanning the flames of domestic violence. His data is well researched and reflects many recent news events such as the O. J. Simpson trial and the court frolics of Red Sox player Wilfredo Cordero. What I found riveting in this book are the timely anecdotes that Davis shares from his career. He relates that fellow officers feel (and express!) their perceived helplessness in making a difference against violent acts in the home. Particularly irksome for them is the widespread belief that police "let their suspects go" without even spending a night in jail. In fact, anyone who posts bail must, by law, be set free. Also ironic is the fact that police can do nothing until an act of violence has very nearly or actually come to pass. It is this "reactive" response that Davis rails against. He raises difficult questions, especially in regard to how we permit children to live in violent homes and then, unrealistically, expect them to grow up into outstanding citizens. Law enforcement processes are a reflection of the society that spawns them. Davis outlines steps that society must take in order to hold a proactive stance against the crime of domestic violence. He ends his text with a call to action for all women who must become informed and take back their power in the political arena..”

Domestic Violence: Facts and Fallacies
Richard L. Davis  More Info

Domestic Violence: Intervention, Prevention, Policies, and Solutions
Richard L. Davis  More Info

According to the book description of Domestic Violence: Intervention, Prevention, Policies, and Solutions, it “presents a rational and reasoned perspective that emphasizes evidence-based data rather than ideologically held beliefs. It challenges the effectiveness of existing policies and procedures and introduces 10 recommendations for change. This book summarizes many important federally sponsored reports and provides unique meta-analysis styled empirical based overviews of contemporary research and intervention efforts. Topics addressed include explanations of battering behavior, identification of victims, rape and sexual assault, and risk factors as well as ideological advocacy. It also supplies print and web-based national and state specific resources and references to studies and organizations that will be updated online.”

About the Brockton Police Department

The City of Brockton Police Department presently has 192 sworn members. There are 178 males and 14 female officers.  Their police officers assigned to the Patrol Division, and operations Division which includes; Detectives, Narcotics, Quality of Life, DARE, GREAT, Elderly Affairs, and Community Education Units. The Brockton Police Department answered over 125,000 calls for service in 1998.




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