In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), we are highlighting innovative responses to domestic violence and community efforts of three police departments. The first agency to be highlighted is the Springfield Police Department (Missouri).
Springfield Police Department recently partnered with its local Family Violence Task Force to create a domestic violence awareness campaign. As a result of this collaboration, a public service announcement (PSA) was created aimed at increasing community awareness about the impact that domestic violence has on the community. The PSA also emphasizes the role community members have supporting victims by asking “Will you help?” and provides resources for individuals who suspect someone is being victimized. In addition to the PSA, Springfield Police Department conducted a printed awareness campaign that was disseminated throughout the area.
Springfield Police Department also collaborated with the Family Violence Task Force for the Task Force’s annual Stop the Violence Conference taking place on October 30th. During the conference, the Springfield Police Department will engage in community outreach and participate in breakout sessions about domestic violence, including a discussion of the department’s Lethality Assessment Program (LAP).
For more information about the Springfield Police Department’s public awareness campaign, the Stop the Violence Conference, or the department’s LAP, contact Chief Paul Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org. Chief Williams is a graduate of the IACP National Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women. For more information on IACP training opportunities and resources on violence against women visit http://www.iacp.org/Violence-Against-Women.
Although DVAM is coming to a close, we encourage you to continue thinking about what you can do to build awareness about domestic violence and practices you can implement in your department and community to support the victims of violence. For more information on IACP training opportunities and resources on violence against women visit http://www.iacp.org/Violence-Against-Women.