Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias in Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

The Department of Justice recently released a guidance document for U.S. law enforcement titled, Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias in Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence to assist agencies in their efforts to reduce sexual and domestic violence in their communities and to strengthen agency response to victims. The IACP is funded to implement two project initiatives based on the recommendations of this guidance:


Integrity, Action, and Justice: Strengthening Law Enforcement Response to Domestic and Sexual Violence

  • Funded by the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
  • A national demonstration site initiative, in which up to four law enforcement agencies will receive the following support to improve response to investigations of sexual assault, domestic/intimate partner violence, and stalking:
  • On-going training and technical assistance
  • Comprehensive agency assessment
  • Development of strategic recommendations and implementation plans
  • Support and access to resources, tools, and subject matter experts
  • Details about the national demonstration initiative, including agency criteria and application process:


Enhancing Community Trust: Proactive Approaches to Domestic & Sexual Violence

  • Develop and disseminate an agency self-assessment process which will allow departments to assess current efforts to address the investigation of sexual assault, domestic/intimate partner violence, and stalking
  • Promote a strategic planning process to enhance agency policies, training and accountability systems
  • Create a collaborative, coordinated community response to survivors
  • Identify and promote successful practices already occurring in the field
  • More information coming soon

For more information, contact Michael Rizzo, IACP Project Manager, at rizzo@theiacp.org or 800-843-4227 ext. 818.