The Operational Policing of Domestic Violence in Singapore: An Exploratory Study

Ganapathy, N (2006) The Operational Policing of Domestic Violence in Singapore: An Exploratory Study. International Criminal Justice Review, 16(3), pp. 179-198.

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This article examines the formal processing of domestic violence as accomplished by institutionalized policing in Singapore. The description of the process through which domestic calls for assistance were shaped and translated into relevant categories for appropriating a particular police response was facilitated through the use of the participant observation method. The ethnographic fieldwork reported here, including observations of call screening in action, is an attempt to explicate the phenomenological grounds employed by organizational members to constitute calls as instances of categories for practical policing purposes. Theoretically, the data point to the need for a reconceptualization of the problem of policing domestic violence by emphasizing the point that the eventual institutional response be understood as a product of the relationship that exists between police subculture and structural conditions of policing unique to contemporary Singapore society.

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ID Code: 51788
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
DOI: 10.1177/1057567706295489
ISSN: 1057-5677
Deposited On: 17 Jul 2012 03:30
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2012 01:10

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