Thursday, January 26, 2017

Emerging Issues for Improving the Law Enforcement Response to Domestic and Sexual Violence: Three New Reports Available

The U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) recently released three reports addressing emerging issues related to improving the law enforcement response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. The documents were developed in conjunction with OVW's national technical assistance providers.
  • Body-Worn Cameras: A roundtable report on the deliberations from the International Association Chiefs of Police National Forum on Body-Worn Cameras and Violence Against Women.
  • Open Police Data Initiatives: The National Network to End Domestic Violence, in collaboration with the Police Foundation, published How Law Enforcement Agencies Releasing Open Data Can Protect Victim Safety and Privacy.
  • Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias in Policing: DOJ issued Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias in Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence to highlight the need for clear policies, robust training and responsive accountability systems.
OVW hopes that these documents and tools will be helpful for law enforcement and victim advocacy organizations across the country as they continue to work together to strengthen a coordinated community response, improve policies to respond to emerging issues and enhance services and support for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. To read more, go to

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