The IACP's Police Response to Violence Against Women Project, with funding from the Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), focuses on the development of tools and policies to assist law enforcement in responding effectively to human trafficking, sexual assault,
domestic violence by police officers and
domestic violence and all other crimes against women.
The IACP Training tools are the most effective tools a trainer can have—I utilize every piece of information available to me and the groups I instruct leave each session with a packet of the material
-Captain Maureen Will (Retired, Brookfield Police Department, Brookfield, CT)
In response to some of the critical issues facing law enforcement regarding violence against women, the IACP has passed numerous resolutions to help navigate and address these complex crimes. These resolutions not only drive the work done by the IACP, but present strong recommendations for actions that should be taken by law enforcement and their partners to best support victims and hold offenders accountable.
Supervisor Report Review Checklists
The crimes of violence against women, including sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking, are complex and can pose challenges to responding officers. Oftentimes, significant details are missed and necessary elements to document these crimes are left out of reports. In order to support law enforcement first-line supervisors as they review reports for stalking, strangulation, sexual assault, domestic violence, and protection order violations, the IACP created five violence against women Report Review Checklists. These tools serve to assist supervisors in ensuring that reports capture significant and comprehensive details and the totality of crimes that occurred. The checklists can also be utilized by first-responders as a training tool to highlight the specifics needed in a thorough report, and as a resource for first-responders as they complete reports, interview victims, and reflect on whether pertinent information has been effectively documented.
Bringing Sexual Assault Offenders to Justice
IACP’s sexual assault roll-call training video “Bringing Sexual Assault Offenders to Justice” was developed to expand our law enforcement educational efforts on the crime of sexual assault and accompany the IACP Sexual Assault Guidelines and Supplemental Report Form (See below).
The goal of this video is to help officers generate stronger cases by reframing sexual assault crimes, providing tools to conduct perpetrator focused investigations, and building an understanding of victim behavior. “Bringing Sexual Assault Offenders to Justice” will help officers identify victim trauma and provide information about victim behavior, such as delayed reporting, alcohol or substance abuse, and encounters that start out consensually, that can be used to support a sexual assault report. This video will also provide useful information detailing how perpetrators often have a history of unreported acts of sexual violence and may select victims with vulnerabilities to exploit.
A strong sexual assault training program will result in offenders being held accountable, fewer cases being dismissed, and ultimately increase successful prosecution.
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Bringing Sexual Assault Offenders to Justice Video
Segment 1: Realities of Sexual Assault
Segment 2: Effectively Preparing Cases
Segment 3: Working the Case: Techniques and Collaboration
Sexual Assault Policy and Training Guidelines
The IACP created the Sexual Assault Response Policy and Training Content Guidelines to support law enforcement agencies with the development of comprehensive sexual assault policies. The Policy and Training Guidelines document includes procedure and policy recommendations that address various levels of law enforcement response from dispatch to supervisors, as well as collaborating with community partners. Additionally, these guidelines present training curriculum content that should accompany the implementation of a new or updated sexual assault policy in order to ensure that officers understand the complex nature of these crimes. A trauma-informed, victim-centered response not only facilitates a trusting relationship between law enforcement, victims, and the community, but can help to hold offenders accountable by increasing victim engagement in the criminal justice process.
Sexual Assault Investigations
Striving to strengthen sexual assault investigations and set national uniform standards for sexual assault case coding and documentation, the Police Response to Violence Against Women Project has just released IACP Sexual Assault Guidelines: Supplemental Report Form and Investigative Strategies. This educational tool consists of a supplemental report form, guidelines for case documentation, effective techniques for victim and perpetrator interviews, and a pocket “tip” card for officers.
To order hard copies of the IACP Sexual Assault Investigative Guidelines and Supplemental Report Form, contact Michael Rizzo, IACP Project Manager, at email@example.com.
Sexual Offenses and Misconduct by Law Enforcement
Members of law enforcement are in a unique and visible position in the communities they serve. They are entrusted with the authority to enforce laws and protect the civil rights of citizens. Sexual offenses and misconduct implicating law enforcement represent a grave abuse of this authority. It is imperative that executives prepare to proactively address and prevent incidents through agency mission, policy, and training. The IACP has released an Executive Guide that addresses criminal offenses as well as non-criminal sexual conduct that is inappropriate, unprofessional, and damaging to the public confidence in a department.
Sexual Offenses and Misconduct by Law Enforcement: Executive Guide
The Executive Guide is no longer available in hard copy, it is only available on-line.
Domestic Violence by Police Officers
Police leaders across the country have taken steps to prevent violence, reduce department liability, enhance victim safety and preserve careers by proactively confronting the issue of domestic violence committed by police officers. The IACP Domestic Violence by Police Officers Model Policy focuses on early intervention, incident response and investigation procedures and has served as a foundation for agencies across the country looking to adopt and implement policies to address this problem.
The Crime of Domestic Violence Training Video
IACP’s domestic violence training video “The Crime of Domestic Violence” was developed to present law enforcement and partners with information to strengthen the response to victims of domestic violence.
The crime of domestic violence is complex and law enforcement officers often feel frustrated and discouraged when responding. Officers provide as much support to victims as possible, but when equipped with a better understanding of the nuances and dynamics of this intimate partner crime, they can more effectively address victims’ needs and hold offenders accountable. This video highlights the realities and complexities of domestic violence and provides strategies for effective investigations.
Segment 1: Critical Context
Segment 2: On Scene Response
Segment 3: Offender Realities & Threats to Officers
Segment 4: Working Together
Intimate Partner Violence Response Policy and Training Guidelines
The IACP created the Intimate Partner Violence Response Policy and Training Guidelines to provide essential background material, supporting details, and suggested elements on intimate partner violence in order to support agency development of comprehensive training content and policy. The Policy and Training Guidelines document addresses investigative procedures and promising practices for working with victims of intimate partner violence.The content of this guide was designed to assist law enforcement leaders in tailoring a policy that meets the requirements and circumstances of their own communities and agencies. A comprehensive policy enhances public confidence in the reporting and investigative processes, thereby encouraging victims to report crimes that occur.
Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence: A Law Enforcement Officer's Guide to Enforcing Orders of Protection Nationwide
The Human Trafficking Guidebook (English) and Three Part Roll-Call Training DVD are currently out of stock and are only available online.
Please note: Under the “Resources” section (pg.19), the phone number listed for the BJA is incorrect. To learn more about the BJA Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Initiative and BJA anti-human trafficking task force funding opportunities, click on this link: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/grant/httf.html
Once you have reviewed our training material on the crime of human trafficking, please take a few moments to share your feedback: Human Trafficking Survey
Human Trafficking Three Part Roll-Call Training Video
Discussion Questions to accompany the IACP roll call training video, The Crime of Human Trafficking: A Law Enforcement Guide (Discussion Questions)
Officer Safety and Domestic Violence
As part of its continuing focus on officer safety and wellness, IACP has partnered with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice to develop a webinar that examines the officer safety considerations that arise when responding to a domestic violence call. This webinar examines the complexities and challenges that may be faced by officers when interacting with offenders, victims, and witnesses, identifies tactics and protocols for increasing officer, victim, and civilian safety, and presents quantitative research and case studies to demonstrate the possible dangers of responding to and managing on-scene investigations of domestic violence calls. Click here to access the webinar. For additional information about this webinar, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the IACP's Police Response to Violence Against Women efforts, contact Aviva Kurash at email@example.com or 800-843-4227 ext. 809.