Ongoing and updated training, clear policies, and responsive accountability systems for law enforcement help improve outcomes and increase the safety of survivors and communities. Numerous national training and technical assistance providers have developed resources that seek to highlight promising practices and ongoing research, informed by the experiences of survivors and based on victim-centered and trauma-informed approaches.
This section includes the following sub-sections: a) Overview of Addressing and Preventing Gender Bias; b) Domestic Violence specific resources; c) Sexual Assault specific resources; d) Trauma-Informed Interviewing; e) Additional General Resources
Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence: A Law Enforcement Officer's Guide to Enforcing Protection Orders Nationwide
Uncovering Sexual Assault in Domestic Violence Calls: An Improved Law Enforcement Response to Assess for Sexual Violence, Build an Evidence Based Case and Reduce Gender Bias Webinar
Report from the San Mateo Domestic Violence and Accountability Assessment: How Does Documentation of the Initial Police Response to a Domestic Violence Call Aid Subsequent Interveners in Domestic Violence Cases?
False Reports: Moving Beyond the Issue to Successfully Investigate and Prosecute Non-Stranger Sexual Assault
This module is designed to directly confront this issue of false reporting. The material provided throughout this module will attempt to answer several key questions that have historically created a bigger hurdle for sexual assault victims than any lack of training or experience on the part of law enforcement professionals.
This guide is a part of the Critical Issues in Policing Series and offers information and tools based on updated statistical findings on prevalence and incidence of sexual assault, changes in crime reporting definitions, special considerations in working with cases of sexual violence, and feedback from advocates on the benefits of incorporating external review.
This NIJ special report outlines the issue of untested sexual assault kits that remain in law enforcement custody and evidence rooms and the impact that these kits have on communities and sexual assault response. The report addresses victim notification and protocol when a kit is sent for testing and appropriate follow up.