Improving the law enforcement response to domestic violence and sexual assault is a community effort. This section consists of resources focused on how to address the issues of identifying and preventing gender bias in police responses as a community, including resources for advocates, policymakers, courts, and law enforcement leaders.
Bridging the Divide between Police and Community, Vera Institute of Justice, Video, October 2017.
Summary: This video explains the mission of the Vera Institute of Justice’s Peace Initiative, a program designed to help police agencies work collaboratively with the communities they serve, to enhance or repair their relationship, and cultivate trust among all stakeholders.
The Science and Practice of Community-Informed Risk Assessment, Battered Women’s Justice Project, February 2018.
Summary: This webinar explains the development of a community informed risk assessment tool for use by law enforcement advocates in cases of intimate partner violence. The Arizona Supreme Court recently approved a rule change requiring use of the Arizona Intimate Partner Risk Assessment Instrument System (APRAIS) and submission of results of the assessment for judicial review at initial appearances. Dr. Websdale reviewed the scientific evidence underpinning the tool and the process of engaging community stakeholders to develop the tool for statewide implementation. Mr. Giangobbe discussed practical issues of training, implementation, victim safety and autonomy and stakeholder buy in.
VAWnet Special Collection: Intimate Partner Homicide Prevention
Summary: This collection provides: national and statewide homicide statistics that help illustrate the scope of the problem; an overview of tools and strategies for assessing danger or the risk of lethality in domestic violence cases; recommendations and approaches for utilizing the fatality review process to prevent intimate partner homicide; materials describing various systems’ responses to domestic violence and efforts to prevent homicide; resources to assist advocates in helping to frame the issue through media response and community mobilization; resources addressing the grief and trauma experienced by loved ones of those whose lives are lost to domestic violence. This special collection also includes a section on first responders.