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 six 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:
  • Agencies selected to be part of the demonstration initiative include:
  • City of Shawnee, Oklahoma, Police Department
  • Clark County, Ohio, Sheriff’s Office 
  • Denton, Texas, Police Department 
  • Iowa City, Iowa, Police Department 
  • Nampa, Idaho, Police Department 
  • Vancouver, Washington, Police Department

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

  • Balancing the Scales of Justice webinar series

The Critical Need for Law Enforcement Agencies to Identify Gender Bias in Responses to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence 

Addressing and Preventing Gender Bias: Infographic Flyer


For more information, contact Michael Rizzo, IACP Program Manager, at or 800-843-4227 ext. 818.