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From active police duty to civilian life: the role of peer support


Venville, A and Kostecki, T and McGowan, D and Lynch, R, From active police duty to civilian life: the role of peer support, The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles pp. 1-13. ISSN 0032-258X (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/0032258X221129866


This qualitative study explores the contribution of peer support to the mental health and wellbeing of police veterans. Thematic analysis of interview data with veterans (n = 7), partners (n = 1) and veteran peer support officers (n = 10) captures the participant experience. Two key themes were integral to the contribution peer support makes to veteran wellbeing. First, the centrality of police identity and the importance of belonging to a supportive police community. Second, the need for hope and possibilities in transitioning from policing to civilian life. Social work services and trained peers provide veterans with a road map for re-building a life and identity away from the force.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:police veterans, peer support, identity, mental health, hope, community
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Social work
Research Field:Clinical social work practice
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Kostecki, T (Dr Tina Kostecki)
ID Code:153882
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Social Work
Deposited On:2022-10-13
Last Modified:2022-11-08

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