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An Online Resource Library on Gender-Based Violence.

Background Information and DOJ Guidance

While progress has been made over the past several decades in improving the law enforcement response to sexual assault and domestic violence, national surveys of survivors and advocates demonstrate significant apprehension on the part of victims of these crimes to reach out to law enforcement for help, as well as significant challenges when they do.  In response to these issues, the Department of Justice (DOJ) developed guidance- with input from a wide variety of stakeholders, including police leaders, victim advocates, and civil rights advocates – to assist law enforcement and advocates in better identifying and preventing gender bias in the law enforcement response to sexual assault and domestic violence. The guidance highlights the importance of developing a survivor-centered approach that is trauma-informed, as well as continuing to improve officer training, agency policies, resources, and partnerships.  The DOJ subsequently distributed significant new grant awards to enhance training and technical assistance nationally, support research and evaluation, and provide additional resources to assist law enforcement agencies to implement the guidance.