As highlighted in the DOJ Guidance, 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; and e) Additional General Resources
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), End Violence Against Women International, November 2018
Summary: This webinar explains how law enforcement can sensitively assess for sexual violence in domestic violence situations and build an evidence-based case through investigation and prosecution. Materials to help develop policies, protocols, and training, as well as reduce gender bias in policing are also included.
Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence: A Law Enforcement Officer's Guide to Enforcing Orders of Protection Nationwide
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 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.
Effective Victim Interviewing: Helping Victims Retrieve and Disclose Memories of Sexual Assault, End Violence Against Women International.
Summary: The purpose of a law enforcement interview with a sexual assault victim is to help them: (1) remember details about their sexual assault, and (2) share those details with investigators. The investigator’s role is then to document this information and evaluate it within the context of the entire investigation. This module offers a brief overview of the scientific research on stress, trauma, and memory, as well as the unique dynamics of sexual assault. This information is then applied to the practical tasks involved in the initial response to a sexual assault report, follow-up interviews, and documentation. It also addresses the impact of interviews on investigators themselves, and offers ways for law enforcement agencies to support investigators and high-quality sexual assault investigations.