The International Association of Chiefs of Police, Inc. (IACP) is the comprehensive technical assistance provider for law enforcement. IACP’s National Law Enforcement Leadership Initiative on Violence Against Women is an interactive, multi-faceted law enforcement leadership initiative that supports enhancement of efforts by law enforcement nationwide to effectively respond to and investigate crimes of violence against women and continues to build a national network of law enforcement leaders committed to addressing violence against women. The IACP also provides training to rural law enforcement to strengthen responses to domestic violence, and provides targeted technical assistance to strengthen the capacity of law enforcement to assess, address, and prevent gender bias and promote enhanced law enforcement accountability and collaboration to provide a fair and impartial response to survivors. To learn more about IACP, visit https://www.theiacp.org/projects/police-response-to-violence-against-women-vaw

Publications

Domestic Violence Model Policy

The International Association of Chiefs of Police, Inc.

An effective law enforcement response to domestic violence must include the adoption of a comprehensive policy that is a priority for the agency, is consistently applied, supports victims, and holds perpetrators accountable—whether they are community members or police officers. Any comprehensive policy must be part of a developed, coordinated community infrastructure and response that provides support to maximize victim and officer safety and implements sanctions against perpetrators.

In addition to providing guidance regarding the establishment of priorities, guidelines, and procedures to be followed by law enforcement officers in response to domestic violence calls, these documents now also incorporate guidelines for responding to domestic violence by police officers.

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Intimate Partner Violence Response Policy and Training Content Guidelines

The International Association of Chiefs of Police, Inc.

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.

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Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence: A Law Enforcement Officer’s Guide to Enforcing Protection Orders Nationwide

Battered Women's Justice Project

This guide for law enforcement provides guidance on the inter-jurisdictional enforcement of protection orders pursuant to the full faith and credit provision of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), 18 U.S.C. §2265, interstate domestic violence and stalking crimes 18 U.S.C §§§2261, 2261A, 2262, and firearm prohibitions 18 U.S.C. §922(g) (8) and (9). A quick reference pull out pocket guide is included for responding officers.

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Law Enforcement Guide to Safety and Economic Security for Victims of Violence Against Women

Wider Opportunities for Women

The Law Enforcement Guide provides an in-depth look at how law enforcement can help victims of domestic and dating violence, sexual assault and stalking recover from violence and be safer in the future by addressing the linkages between abuse and economic security. It includes checklists for both first responders and investigators, policy recommendations to support victim economic security, guidelines for training officers, and the Law Enforcement Pocket Guide for officers in the field.

Civil Protection Orders: A Guide for Improving Practice

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

This publication is known as the CPO Guide and is an updated version of the publication: A Guide for Effective Issuance & Enforcement of Protection Orders, also known as the Burgundy Book. The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, in partnership with the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women developed the CPO Guide as a tool designed to support the work of professionals dedicated to enhancing the effectiveness of the civil protection order process. It provides guidance for advocates, attorneys, judges, law enforcement personnel, and prosecutors to help ensure that protection orders are effectively issued, served, and enforced across the country.

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Full Faith and Credit for Protection Orders: Assisting Survivors with Enforcement Across Jurisdictional Lines

Battered Women's Justice Project

This guide for advocates provides information on the full faith and credit provision of the Violence Against Women Act, 18 U.S.C. §2265, enforcement and registration of protection orders, and tips to help survivors on relocation, safety planning, risk assessment, and firearms removal.

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Webinars

Officer Safety Considerations for Domestic Violence Calls

September 10, 2015

The International Association of Chiefs of Police, Inc.

This webinar examines the officer safety considerations that arise when responding to a domestic violence call.

Fatality Reviews

October 23, 2019

Northern Arizona University

This webinar explores the benefits and practicalities of conducting collateral interviews to expand our understanding of the lies of victims and perpetrators in fatality reviews.

Survivor-Defined Success Webinar

October 24, 2019

Kelsey Sanders, Sara Hardesty, Joyce Bilyeu, and Jennica Lawford

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, four members of the National VOICES Chapter, spoke about survivor-defined success in Family Justice Centers.

Violence Against Women - It's a Men's Issue

May 29, 2013

Jackson Katz, Ph.D.

Domestic violence and sexual assault are often called “women’s issues”. Jackson Katz points out, in this TEDTalk, that these are intrinsically men’s issues and shows how these violent behaviors are tied to definitions of manhood. A call for use all, women and men, to speak up and out about unacceptable behavior and be leaders of change.

Centering Older Survivors in Your Work

October 22, 2019

Presented by: NCALL National Resource Center on Abuse in Later Life Presenters: Juanita Davis, NCALL Associate Director and Lisa Furr, NCALL Program Manager

To commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL), the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) presented this webinar to enhance understanding of the unique barriers older survivors face when dealing with abuse.

Other Tools/Resources

Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (APIGBV)

APIGBV operates the Interpretation Technical Assistance and Resource Center (ITARC), which works to improve system responses to limited English proficient (LEP) victims by providing technical assistance and training on the development and implementation of language accessible services. Technical assistance and training includes, but is not limited to: civil rights compliance and language access planning; interpreting for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault; and building pools of qualified interpreters through workshops on interpretation ethics and skills building.

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Futures Without Violence (FUTURES)

FUTURES provides the Institute for Leadership and Education Development (I-LED), which offers hands-on workshops and technical assistance to help OVW grantees to improve the organization, quality, and consistency of education and training programs. FUTURES also provides the Supporting Organizational Sustainability to Address Violence Against Women Institute (SOS Institute), which offers resources, technical assistance support, and an interactive, multi-day training to help OVW grantees, partner organizations, and community-based organizations enhance their programming organizational infrastructure and capacity.

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Vera Institute of Justice (Vera)

Vera is the comprehensive technical assistance provider for recipients of OVW’s Education, Training, and Enhanced Services to End Violence Against Women with Disabilities Grants. Vera also provides technical assistance and training to increase the capacity and desire of OVW grantees to effectively respond to violence against people with disabilities and Deaf people and operates the Disability and Deaf National Resource Center.

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Alliance for HOPE International

Alliance for HOPE International houses the Family Justice Center Alliance (FJCA), which serves as a technical assistance provider for OVW-funded Family Justice Centers. The FJCA also serves as a clearinghouse, research center, and national affiliation organization for Family Justice Centers and other multi-agency models that serve victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, child abuse, and/or human trafficking.

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Alliance of Tribal Coalitions to End Violence (Alliance)

The Alliance is the comprehensive technical assistance provider for Tribal Coalitions. The Alliance provides education, peer consultation, standardization of practice, and resource referral to Tribal Coalitions and others to enhance their abilities to ensure a coordinated community approach to ending violence (domestic violence, sexual assault, and sex trafficking) against American Indian and Alaska Native Women.

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National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL)

NCALL is the comprehensive technical assistance provider for OVW’s Enhancing Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life Program. NCALL provides training and services that address elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, involving victims who are 50 years of age or older.

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Family Violence Prevention and Services

The Family Violence Prevention and Services Program administers the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA), the primary federal funding stream dedicated to the support of emergency shelter and related assistance for victims of domestic violence and their children.

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Office for Victims of Crime

OVC, a part of the U.S. Department of Justice, oversees programs and grants for service providers and other professionals who assist victims of crime.

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Office on Violence Against Women

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) provides federal leadership in developing the national capacity to reduce violence against women and administer justice for and strengthen services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

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