Police Response to Violence Against Women

The IACP's Police Response to Violence Against Women Project focuses on the development of tools, resources, and policies to assist law enforcement in responding effectively to human trafficking, sexual assault, domestic and sexual violence by police officers, stalking, strangulation, domestic violence, and other crimes of intimate partner violence.


Body-Worn Cameras and Violence Against Women

Deliberations from the IACP National Forum on Body-Worn Cameras and Violence Against Women

This document compiles the deliberations of a multidisciplinary, national forum on creating effective victim-centered body-worn camera policies and programs for law enforcement. Law enforcement leaders are encouraged to use this document to engage in community discussions on the use of body-worn cameras and facilitate dialogue regarding the crimes of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking. This document may serve as a tool to assist with developing, maintaining, and sustaining trust with community members.

IACP Resolutions

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.  

Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault and LGBTQ+ Communities

Drawing from promising practices and innovative initiatives of law enforcement agencies throughout the nation, the IACP Responding to Sexual Violence in LGBTQ+ Communities: Law Enforcement Strategies and Considerations document is of particular importance to building and sustaining trust and relationships with LGBTQ+ communities. The document highlights strategies for implementing effective department-wide response through agency mission, policy, training, and personnel to proactively address and prevent sexual violence in LGBTQ+ communities. Included in the resource is an agency assessment questionnaire to assist leaders examine their operations and agency efforts.

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

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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 rizzo@theiacp.org.


Sexual Offenses and Misconduct by Law Enforcement

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. 

Domestic Violence

The Crime of Domestic Violence Training Video

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

Human Trafficking

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 officersafety@theiacp.org.

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