Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women

The IACP Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women is an unprecedented opportunity for top law enforcement executives from across the country to explore innovative approaches for investigating crimes of violence against women, specifically domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking. In an interactive learning environment, Institute participants examine and assess their agency’s current response to these crimes, focus on developing and communicating priorities, network with colleagues to share challenges and solutions, and design practical action plans to maximize agency and community efforts to end violence against women, assist victims and hold perpetrators accountable.

Seventeen National Leadership Institutes have been held thus far:

  • Kansas City, MO - August 2014
  • Savannah, GA - September 2013
  • Seattle, WA - August 2011
  • Kansas City, MO – May 2011
  • Charleston, SC - November 2010
  • Philadelphia, PA - May 2010
  • Chicago, IL – August 2009
  • Charleston, SC – March 2009
  • Atlanta, GA – October 2008
  • San Francisco, CA – May 2008
  • Washington, DC- December 2007
  • Madison, WI - July 2007
  • San Francisco, CA – February 2007
  • Portland, OR – August 2006
  • Providence, RI - April 2006
  • Jackson Hole, WY – October 2005
  • Myrtle Beach, SC – May 2005

Seven  State-wide Leadership Institutes have been held thus far:

  • Salem, OR - August 2015
  • Fairview Heights, IL - July 2014
  • Burlington, VT - June 2014
  • Columbus-Worthington, OH - March 2014
  • East Peoria, IL - April 2013
  • Oakbrook, IL - March 2013
  • Nashville, TN - February 2009


One Campus Leadership Institute has been held thus far:

  • Austin, TX - July 2010

Event Structure

The Leadership Institute curriculum focuses on strategies and techniques that can be utilized by law enforcement leaders to address the realities of crimes of violence against women through a series of educational modules and issue briefs:

Educational Modules
Department Standards: Policies and Practices to Prevent and Address Violence Against Women
Department policies, standards, and practices all play a critical role in setting agency priorities and addressing crimes of violence against women. This module will help participants define the importance of department policies in formalizing a response to violence against women; create a plan to develop, update, and implement effective policies; and understand the importance of community collaboration with respect to policy development.

Effective Communication: Reaching the Department, the Criminal Justice System, and the Community
Leaders must be able to create and evaluate systems of communications internal to their agencies and external to the wider criminal justice system and community. Through this module, participants will identify various communication strategies to appropriately convey their priority for responding to violence against women crimes, understand ways to effectively engage the community and members of the criminal justice system in open communication, and recognize the agency leader’s role in building community collaboration around issues of violence against women.

Accountability of Chiefs and Officers: Responding to Violence Against Women
Agency leaders are responsible for promoting an ethical response to violence against women crimes and ensuring officers are held accountable. Participants will examine institutional culture and environment within law enforcement agencies that support attitudes and behaviors that contribute to the minimization of violence against women. This module will help participants examine their responsibility to meet the needs of officers for training, guidance, and clear communication of expectations in order to be able to hold officers accountable. Mechanisms for accountability that take the needs of crime victims into account -- including complaint and reporting procedures that encompass a system checks and balances -- will also be explored.

Issue Briefs:

Using interactive presentations that combine PowerPoint, video, discussion and exercises, expert faculty will provide participants with detailed information about the following:

  • Sexual Assault and strategies for meeting the challenges of a non-stranger assault investigations
  • Stalking as it relates to both domestic violence and sexual assault
  • Domestic violence committed by police officers
  • Effective enforcement of protection orders
  • Managing firearms in situations of domestic violence
  • Human trafficking
  • Liability and lessons learned by law enforcement

To complete the Institute application, please click here.

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