Law Enforcement Family Resources

Law Enforcement Family Resources

The job of a law enforcement officer is often stressful, demanding, and dangerous. The lifestyle and culture of law enforcement affects more than just the officers. Spouses, partners, parents, children, and companions of law enforcement officers play an integral role in an officer’s health and wellness.

Law Enforcement Spouse and Family Support Resources

  1. National Alliance for Law Enforcement Support (formerly known as Wives Behind the Badge, Inc.)
    • Non-profit organization dedicated to providing resources and emotional support to law enforcement officers and their families, and serving as a positive voice for law enforcement in the community.
    • Provides blog posts, programs, events, and forums to individuals.
    • NALES has social media including Facebook that individuals can access to support each other.
  2. Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)
    • Non-profit organization providing support and resources for family members of officers killed in the line of duty. 
    • Hosts a National Police Survivors Conference during Police Week each May. 
    • Provides peer support, counseling, retreats for family, trial and parole support, and other various assistance programs. 
    • C.O.P.S. has various social media accounts including Facebook and Twitter
  3. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    • Provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
    • Provides resources for helping one’s self, someone else, and suicide prevention.
    • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has social media including Facebook and Twitter that individuals can access to support each other.
  4. Marriage Today
    • While not specific to law enforcement marriages, many of the messages are applicable to typical obstacles law enforcement spouses face. 
    • Find a marriage conference near you to attend. 



Police Wives

  1. National Police Wives Association
    • Non-profit organization that supports law enforcement spouses and families and provides resources to those new to the law enforcement community. NPWA is dedicated to helping individuals face the daily struggles of being in a law enforcement relationship.
    • Provides online forums ranging in various topics with over 800 members worldwide. There is a 24-hour moderation to maintain a safe online environment to make friends and support one another.
    • Provides additional resources that are located on their website for anyone to use, including other websites or organizations that support officer companions and families.
    • NPWA has social media including Twitter and Facebook that members can access and support each other.
  2. Wives of Police Officers Community Group
    • Forum and support group for wives of police officers and their families to relate and support one another.
    • Provides an ability for police wives to share their stories and struggles, as well as an opportunity to receive advice and support from others who understand and have been in similar situations.
  3. Police Wives of America


Children of Law Enforcement

  1. Child Care Aware
  2. First Responders Children's Foundation (formerly known as the National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children's Foundation)
  3. Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) 
    • C.O.P.S. has numerous programmatic efforts dedicated to children of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. 
    • Scholarships are also available for children of officers. 



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