Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims (ELERV)

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Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims (ELERV)

The Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims (ELERV) Strategy introduces federal, state, local, campus, and tribal law enforcement leaders to the concepts and benefits of enhancing their response to victims of all crimes. It also illustrates how every person in a law enforcement agency has a role in effective victim response. Due to the customizable nature of the ELERV Strategy, agencies can easily start small and build on their efforts over time.

Implementing the ELERV Strategy can lead to broader community-wide trust and confidence in the police, foster the healing process for victims, increase victim participation, and produce stronger, more comprehensive cases to hold offenders accountable.

Introduction to ELERV

The ELERV Strategy’s overall goal is to create an agencywide philosophical shift, focusing on identifying and responding to victims’ needs. The ELERV Strategy introduces federal, state, local, campus, and tribal law enforcement leaders to the concepts and benefits of enhancing their response to victims of all crimes. Due to its customizable nature, agencies can easily start small and build on their efforts over time. Advancements in any area of the ELERV Strategy can drastically enhance an agency’s overall response to victims.

 

Learn how to navigate the ELERV Strategy

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ELERV Overview

This single-page document highlights important information from this section of the ELERV Strategy. The quick read format makes it perfect for roll-call trainings and meetings alike.


 
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Introduction to ELERV Strategy

This document contains detailed information about the thought processes behind the ELERV Strategy as well as concrete implementation steps, tips and examples from the demonstration site teams, and links to tools, resources, and customizable templates.

Materials from Introduction to ELERV

Resources Templates - These templates are intended to provide sample language and content. These templates should be customized to fit agency needs and should be carefully reviewed to ensure information is consistent with requirements within the agency and local jurisdiction.

Leadership

Building a victim-centered organization is a top-down effort that requires a clear vision of the future. Implementing the ELERV Strategy will require some organizations to make only minor changes to existing practices, while others may need to shift their overall approach to meeting the needs of victims. Achieving lasting change starts and ends with the expressed and modeled values of agency leadership.

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Leadership Overview

This single-page document highlights important information from this section of the ELERV Strategy. The quick read format makes it perfect for roll-call trainings and meetings alike.


 
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Leadership

This document contains detailed information about the thought processes behind the ELERV Strategy as well as concrete implementation steps, tips and examples from the demonstration site teams, and links to tools, resources, and customizable templates.

Materials from Leadership - Coming Soon!

Resources
  • ELERV Leadership Team Roster (PDF)
  • Strengths and Challenges of Funding Sources (PDF)
Samples
  • Mission, Vision, and Values Statements(PDF)
  • ELERV Steering Committee Roster (PDF)
  • ELERV Implementation Plan (PDF)
Templates - These templates are intended to provide sample language and content. These templates should be customized to fit agency needs and should be carefully reviewed to ensure information is consistent with requirements within the agency and local jurisdiction.
  • ELERV Press Release (Word)
Worksheets
  • ELERV SMART Goal Worksheet (Word)
  • ELERV Action Plan Worksheet (Word)

Partnering

Victims are best served when law enforcement agencies have strong internal partnerships across disciplines and work closely with external community organizations. Partnerships allow agencies to maximize their ability to serve victims by establishing coordinated internal response practices and referring victims to community organizations that offer long-term support and services.

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Partnering Overview

This single-page document highlights important information from this section of the ELERV Strategy. The quick read format makes it perfect for roll-call trainings and meetings alike.


 
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Partnering

This document contains detailed information about the thought processes behind the ELERV Strategy as well as concrete implementation steps, tips and examples from the demonstration site teams, and links to tools, resources, and customizable templates.

Materials from Partnering - Coming Soon!

Resources
  • Roles and Opportunities—Internal Partnerships (PDF)
  • Roles and Opportunities—External Partnerships (PDF)
Samples
  • Partnership Agreement Framework and Sample Language (PDF)
  • Internal Partnership Protocol—Victim/ Witness Interviews (Word)
Templates - These templates are intended to provide sample language and content. These templates should be customized to fit agency needs and should be carefully reviewed to ensure information is consistent with requirements within the agency and local jurisdiction.
  • Engaging a New System or Community Partner (Word)

Training

The value of training for sworn and professional staff on victim response topics cannot be overstated. Research and best practices for serving victims are constantly evolving, so training that reflects the most recent information is critical. Prioritizing cross-training opportunities (both internal and external) is encouraged.

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Training Overview

This single-page document highlights important information from this section of the ELERV Strategy. The quick read format makes it perfect for roll-call trainings and meetings alike.


 
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Training

This document contains detailed information about the thought processes behind the ELERV Strategy as well as concrete implementation steps, tips and examples from the demonstration site teams, and links to tools, resources, and customizable templates.

Materials from Training - Coming Soon!

Samples
  • Training Bulletin—Critical Needs of Victims (PDF)
Templates - These templates are intended to provide sample language and content. These templates should be customized to fit agency needs and should be carefully reviewed to ensure information is consistent with requirements within the agency and local jurisdiction.
  • Crisis Intervention (PowerPoint)
  • Critical Needs of Victims (PowerPoint)
  • Effective Communication & Documentation (PowerPoint)
  • Effective Victim Response (PowerPoint)
  • Multidisciplinary Co-Training(PowerPoint) & Related Worksheets
    • Patrol Response Worksheet (Word)
    • Investigation Response Worksheet (Word)
    • Post-Investigation Response Worksheet (Word)

Performance Monitoring

Measuring the progress of new initiatives is vital in their implementation. Ensuring the agency is strategically capturing data and monitoring both internal and external performance measures can help build a roadmap to implementation, identify gaps, and provide opportunities for improvement to best meet the needs of those served.

 

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Performance Monitoring Overview

This single-page document highlights important information from this section of the ELERV Strategy. The quick read format makes it perfect for roll-call trainings and meetings alike.


 
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Performance Monitoring

This document contains detailed information about the thought processes behind the ELERV Strategy as well as concrete implementation steps, tips and examples from the demonstration site teams, and links to tools, resources, and customizable templates.

Materials from Performance Monitoring - Coming Soon!

Resources
  • Strengths and Considerations for Key Methods of Data Collection (PDF)
  • Documents and Records Useful for Data Collection (PDF)
  • Sample Hiring, Promotional and Performance Appraisal Questions (PDF)
Templates - These templates are intended to provide sample language and content. These templates should be customized to fit agency needs and should be carefully reviewed to ensure information is consistent with requirements within the agency and local jurisdiction.
  • Internal Agency Personnel Baseline Survey (Word)
  • Internal Agency Personnel Follow-Up Survey(Word)
  • Follow-Up Victim Survey (Word)
  • Community Member Baseline Survey (Word)
  • Community Member Follow-Up Survey (Word)
  • Community Partner Baseline Survey (Word)
  • Community Partner Follow-Up Survey(Word)
Worksheets
  • SWOT Analysis Worksheet (Word)

Contact Information

For more information and technical assistance, please contact the project team at ELERV@theiacp.org.

This webpage, videos, and publications were produced under Cooperative Agreement 2018-V3-GX-K066, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Original ELERV Strategy

All original ELERV Strategy documents can be found here.

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