Violence in police families: Work-family spillover

Leanor Boulin Johnson, Michael Todd, Ganga Subramanian

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This article uses a path model to examine the relationship between violence exposure and domestic violence among police officers with the expectation that the relationships would be both direct and mediated. The mediation factors included burnout, authoritarian spillover, alcohol use, and department withdrawal. The model was tested through an analysis of data collected from 413 officers. Four mediation chains were identified; the most powerful of these was burnout and authoritarian spillover. Suggestions for future research include understanding violence in the context of unique workplace cultures, classifying violence types, and clarifying how this population defines violence and control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-12
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Authoritarian spillover
  • Domestic violence
  • Job stress
  • Police
  • Violence exposure
  • Work and family

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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