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Line of Duty Deaths: Survivor and Departmental Responses, Executive Summary
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The analysis also made comparisons based on whether the death was accidental or a felonious killing. Survivors were identified through the Public Safety Officers Benefit Program of the U.S. Department of Justice. Most of the spouses in the study were survivors of officers who died between November 1982 and February 1985. The final sample included 126 spouses and 66 parents and siblings. The circumstances of the death did not significantly affect the psychological effects on the spouses. Spouses experienced significant distress, particularly if they had been married 10 years or less or were not notified in person of the spouse's death. A majority showed signs of posttraumatic stress disorder. Spouses experienced more distress than parents did. A survey by mail of police departments in which at least one death had occurred during 1983-85 received responses from 188 departments. Police agencies sometimes had detailed policies regarding funeral arrangements. They less often addressed the emotional, psychological, and social support the survivors needed. Departments need to notify the next of kin directly and personally and should have at least one person designated to coordinate assistance to the family. Support needs to continue long after the death. Data tables and 40 references. source
NCJ 102836
United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice
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Washington, DC

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