National Law Enforcement Leadership Initiative on Violence Against Women

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National Law Enforcement Leadership Initiative on Violence Against Women

This initiative provides training and technical assistance to law enforcement agencies, executives, and first-line supervisors to assist them in developing proactive strategies to enhance their response to violence against women crimes.

Leadership Institute Series

The IACP Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women is an unprecedented opportunity for sworn U.S. law enforcement executives to promote an enhanced commitment to violence against women crimes. The Institute assists these leaders in developing proactive strategies for their agencies to address these crimes, specifically domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and strangulation. In an interactive learning environment, Institute participants examine and assess their agency’s current response to these crimes, focus on developing and communicating priorities, share challenges and solutions with peers, and design practical action plans to maximize agency and community efforts to end violence against women, assist victims, and hold perpetrators accountable.

 

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. For more extensive information on the event structure, click here.

Educational Modules

Presentations, interactive activities, and role-play scenarios are utilized in the following educational modules:

  • Department Standards: Policies and Practices to Prevent and Address Violence Against Women
  • Effective Communication: Reaching the Department, the Criminal Justice System, and the Community
  • Accountability of Chiefs and Officers: Responding to Violence Against Women

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: Strategies for Meeting the Challenges of Non-Stranger Assault Investigations 
  • Stalking: Making the Connection to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault 
  • Domestic Violence Committed by Police Officers: The Importance of Having A Plan in Place
  • Protection Orders: Practical Strategies for Effective Enforcement
  • Managing Firearms in Situations of Domestic Violence
  • Liability: Lessons Learned by Law Enforcement
  • Strangulation and the Risk of Lethality

Click here to read the Leadership Institute informational brochure. To listen to an informational podcast about the Leadership Institute, click here. To read letters from participants of previous Leadership Institutes, click here

Past Events

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Eighteen National Leadership Institutes have been held thus far: 

  • Jackson, MS - July 2019
  • 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 

One Agency Leadership Institute has been held thus far:

  • Vermont State Police - June 2019

First-Line Supervisor Training Series

Apply now to be considered to attend this year’s Supervisor Training! Applications will be considered on rolling basis but space is limited so apply early. Priority will be given to OVW grantees that receive funding from the ICJR/Arrest, Rural, Tribal Governments, and STOP Programs. There is no registration fee for the training. Participants are responsible for related travel, lodging, food, and other expenses. OVW grantees may be able to use grant funds to support all costs associated with attendance; contact your assigned OVW Program Specialist as a GAN may be required for participation. STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program grantees and subgrantees are eligible for travel scholarships. Training locations and dates will be released as events are confirmed. Anticipated training locations are Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Spokane, Washington; and Jacksonville, Florida. Logistical information will be provided upon acceptance. View the application here and apply today!

 

The National Law Enforcement First-Line Supervisor Training on Violence Against Women is an unprecedented opportunity for individuals who hold primary responsibility for overseeing first responders to explore current approaches for responding to and investigating the crimes of violence against women, specifically domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and strangulation. The training is designed to increase understanding of these crimes, and instill mentoring, training, and leadership skills. Participants will proactively apply best practices, identify personal strengths and weaknesses, and recognize culture and its effect on responding to violence against women crimes in order to maximize supervisory efforts.

Event Structure 

The First-Line Supervisor Training curriculum focuses on strategies and techniques that can be utilized to successfully address the realities of crimes of violence against women through a series of Core Components and Topical Issue Briefs. For more extensive information about the event structure, click here.

Core Components

Presentations, interactive activities, and role-play scenarios are utilized in the following core components:

  1. You as the Leader
  2. You as the Officer
  3. You as the Supervisor
  4. You as the Officer

Topical Issue Briefs

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

  • Sexual Assault: Strategies for Meeting the Challenges of Non-Stranger Assault Investigations 
  • Stalking: Making the Connection to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault  
  • Protection Orders: Practical Strategies for Effective Enforcement 
  • Managing Firearms in Situations of Domestic Violence 
  • Report Review: Language Matters  
  • Officer and Victim Safety: Lessons Learned by Law Enforcement 
  • Predominant Aggressor Determination 
  • Strangulation and the Risk of Lethality  
  • Domestic & Sexual Violence Committed by Police Officers: The Importance of Having a Plan in Place  

Past Events

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Four National Supervisor Trainings have been conducted thus far:

  • Pittsburgh, PA - August 2018
  • Orlando, FL - October 2014
  • Savannah, GA - November 2013
  • Philadelphia, PA - May 2012

One Campus Supervisor Training has been conducted thus far:

  • College Park, MD - June 2015

One State Supervisor Training has been conducted thus far:

  • Oxford, MS - May 2019

On-Site Training and Technical Assistance

The IACP’s on-site training and technical assistance for law enforcement agencies offers agencies across the country hands-on, direct interactions with experts in order to prioritize violence against women department-wide and formulate plans to create the needed culture change to properly respond to and investigate these crimes. 

The IACP works with agencies to develop appropriate and effective training events, provide direction about expert trainers and partner organizations, and work to connect them with resources and community organizations that can help prioritize the response to and investigation of violence against women crimes throughout the department. 

Event Structure

On-site, subject matter experts deliver content presentations to provide participants with detailed information on a selection of violence against women issues such as: 

  • Sexual Assault: Strategies for Meeting the Challenges of Non-Stranger Assault Investigation 
  • Stalking: Making the Connection to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault 
  • Protection Orders: Practical Strategies for Effective Enforcement 
  • Managing Firearms in Situations of Domestic Violence 
  • Human Trafficking: Preparing Through Planning and Training 
  • Liability: Lessons Learned by Law Enforcement 
  • Office and Victim Safety When Responding to Domestic Violence Calls 
  • Predominant Aggressor Determination 
  • Strangulation and the Risk of Lethality 
  • Domestic & Sexual Violence Committed by Police Officers: The Importance of Having a Plan in Place 

  Past Events

  • Charleston, WV - October 2019
  • Victor, ID - September 2019
  • Birmingham, AL - September 2019
  • Hutchinson, KS - March 2019
  • Kitsap County, WA - December 2018
  • Lincoln, RI - May 2017 
  • Sparkill, NY - January 2017 
  • Columbus, OH - August 2016 
  • Auburn Hills, MI - June 2016 
  • Birmingham, AL - June 2016 
  • West Fargo, ND – January 2016 
  • Chicago, IL – October 2015 
  • Farmingdale, NY – September 2015 
  • Geneseo, NY – July 2015 
  • Albany, NY – July 2015 
  • Johnston, IA – July 2015 
  • Marysville, OH – February 2015 
  • Nashville, TN – January 2015 
  • El Dorado, KS – July 2014 
  • Lucas, KY – October 2013 
  • Wisconsin Dells, WI – June 2013 
  • Dickinson, ND – May 2013 
  • Norfolk, VA – May 2013 
  • Fargo, ND – August 2012 
  • Sherwood, OR – May 2012

Past Projects

National Violence Against Women Law Enforcement Trainer Development Program

This program provided an opportunity for individuals who were training law enforcement to improve their core training skills, while enhancing their competency on crimes of violence against women. 

Currently, this program has been suspended and applications are no longer being accepted. 

The National Campus Law Enforcement Trainer Development Program on Sexual and Gender Based Violence 

This program, held in partnership with the East Central University STTAABLE Campus Program, offered law enforcement who trained on the topics of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking an interactive opportunity to strengthen core presentation skills, incorporate experiential learning into instruction, develop training lesson plans and content, and troubleshoot problems in the training environment while educating law enforcement about these crimes on campus. 

Currently, this program has been suspended and applications are no longer being accepted. 

IACP's Partnership with the Office on Violence Against Women

The IACP has partnered with the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) of the US Department of Justice for more than 20 years to enhance the law enforcement response to crimes of violence against women. The training and technical assistance described above are part of one such partnership. This National Law Enforcement Leadership Initiative on Violence Against Women reflects the continued partnership and shared commitment of IACP and OVW in their efforts to bring crimes of violence against women to the forefront of policing. Over the past several years, the IACP and OVW have collaborated to provide direction and support on numerous violence against women topics to several thousand federal, state, local, Tribal, and campus police agencies through a comprehensive technical assistance delivery system. The National Law Enforcement Leadership Initiative on Violence Against Women is a “next step” in this effort, one that focuses attention and resources on developing the capacity and commitment of law enforcement to address crimes of violence against women.

For more information or any questions, please contact Rachel Apfelbaum, Project Coordinator, at Apfelbaum@theiacp.org or (703) 647-6843.

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