Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias

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Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias

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:

Enhancing Community Trust: Proactive Approaches to Domestic and Sexual Violence

  • Funded by the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)
  • A project to:
    • 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

For more information on this project, contact Audrey Eisemann  IACP Acting Project Manager, at eisemann@theiacp.org or 703-647-7264.


 

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
  • 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

 For more information, contact Tina Dimachkieh, IACP Project Manager, at dimachkieh@theiacp.org or 703-647-6841.


 

Related Resources

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Balancing the Scales of Justice Webinar Series

The IACP’s “Balancing the Scales of Justice” webinar series was developed as part of the Enhancing Community Trust: Proactive Approaches to Domestic and Sexual Violence program funded by the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). This webinar series will outline what gender bias is, its impacts on domestic and sexual violence investigations, and strategies for leaders to identify and address it within their agencies.

 

Monthly Webinar Series

IACP Monthly Webinar Series: Witness Intimidation: Lt. Mark Wynn (Ret.) leads a discussion on what law enforcement needs to know about witness intimidation when working on crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, strangulation, and stalking. 

IACP Monthly Webinar Series: Removal of Weapons and Firearms from the Hands of DV Offenders:  Chief Deputy John Guard from the Pitt Count, NC, Sheriff’s Office, discusses what law enforcement needs to know about the removal of weapons and firearms from the hands of perpetrators of domestic and sexual violence.  

IACP Monthly Webinar Series: Engaging Colleges in Data Collection Recording: During this session, Corporal Angela Weekes with the Nampa Police Department (ID) will discuss how police departments can engage colleges and universities in data collection efforts that can in turn strengthen law enforcement response to crimes of domestic and sexual violence.

Vicarious Trauma Webinar Series - Part 1 - Officers and Vicarious Trauma When Responding to Domestic and Sexual Violence: Sgt. Chris Scallon (ret.), Norfolk Police Department (VA), Lisa Tieszen M.A., LICSW, and Katherine Manners M.Ed., LMFT, will be discussing the work-related trauma exposure that officers often experience when responding to cases of domestic violence and sexual assault, what individuals working on these crimes can do to take care of their mental health and wellbeing in order to mitigate the negative effects of this secondary trauma, and what agencies can do to support their employees who are experiencing vicarious trauma due to responding to these cases. 

Vicarious Trauma Webinar Series - Part 2 - Individual Strategies to Address Vicarious Trauma: Sgt. Chris Scallon (ret.), Norfolk Police Department (VA), Lisa Tieszen M.A., LICSW, and Katherine Manners M.Ed., LMFT, will be discussing the work-related trauma exposure that officers often experience when responding to cases of domestic violence and sexual assault, what individuals working on these crimes can do to take care of their mental health and wellbeing in order to mitigate the negative effects of this secondary trauma, and what agencies can do to support their employees who are experiencing vicarious trauma due to responding to these cases.

IACP Monthly Webinar Series: Law Enforcement and Building Trust with LGBTQI+ Communities: During this session, Sergeant Denise Jones with the Clark County Sheriff's Office (OH) will discuss how police departments can build trust with LGBTQI+ communities in their jurisdiction in order to increase the reporting of crimes of domestic and sexual violence in such minority groups.

Vicarious Trauma Webinar Series  - Part 3 - We’re All in this Together: Building Organizational Strategies to Address VT:  Please join Sgt. Chris Scallon (ret.), Norfolk Police Department (VA), Lisa Tieszen M.A., LICSW, and Katherine Manners M.Ed., LMFT, will be discussing the work-related trauma exposure that officers often experience when responding to cases of domestic violence and sexual assault, what individuals working on these crimes can do to take care of their mental health and well being in order to mitigate the negative effects of this secondary trauma, and what agencies can do to support their employees.

Interactions with the Media: During this session, Chief Fred Fletcher (ret.) from the Chattanooga Police Department (TN), will discuss how police departments can work with the media to deliver victim-centered and trauma-informed messaging to the community, while also utilizing the media to highlight agency successes around responding to crimes of domestic and sexual violence.
 

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