Category Archives: Victim Services

Now Seeking Applications! Integrity, Action, and Justice: Strengthening Law Enforcement Response to Domestic and Sexual Violence National Demonstration Initiative

The IACP is currently seeking applications from law enforcement agencies to be part of a demonstration initiative, Integrity, Action, and Justice: Strengthening Law Enforcement Response to Domestic and Sexual Violence.  These agencies will show a commitment to improving community trust … Continue reading

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Responding to Sexual Violence in LGBTQ+ Communities: Law Enforcement Strategies and Considerations

Sexual violence perpetrated against individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and queer (LGBTQ+) warrants the full attention of law enforcement agencies. Because sexual assault is one of the least commonly reported crimes[1] and underserved communities are among … Continue reading

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The IACP, Yale and the U.S. Department of Justice Launch Groundbreaking Toolkit for Law Enforcement to Help Children Recover from Exposure to Violence and Trauma

Today, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Yale School of Medicine’s Child Study Center (”Yale”), in partnership with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) at the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department … Continue reading

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The Importance of the Right Person in the Right Place

The Task Force on 21st Century Policing offers recommendations for working in partnership with community stakeholders to increase public safety. Highlights include: engaging in multidisciplinary community team approaches, considering public trust when implementing strategies, and embracing a guardian mindset. The Lowell, … Continue reading

Posted in Community-Police Relations, Drugs & Alcohol, Partnerships, Victim Services, Youth

Eradicating Modern Slavery: Saving Victims Among Us

Guest Blogger: Deputy Chief Carmen Best, Seattle, Washington, Police Department January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, but sadly, even in the 21st Century we are still experiencing slavery and human trafficking in many of our communities. What … Continue reading

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IACP Releases Four-Part Training Video: The Crime of Domestic Violence

The crime of domestic violence is complex and law enforcement officers often feel frustrated and discouraged when responding. Officers provide as much support to victims as possible, but when equipped with a better understanding of the nuances and dynamics of … Continue reading

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Virginia Commonwealth University Police Uses Survivor-Centered and Offender-Focused Approach to Sexual Assault Investigations

Guest Blogger: Corey Byers, Public Information Officer, VCU Police Department, Richmond, VA Sexual assaults are one of the hardest crimes to investigate. By the time Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Police officers hear a survivor’s story, the student is understandably confused about what happened, … Continue reading

Posted in Investigations, Victim Services | Tagged , Helps First Responders Help Identity Theft Victims

Guest blogger: Nat Wood, Associate Director, Division of Consumer & Business Education, Federal Trade Commission At the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), we say that recovering from identity theft is easier with a plan. The same is true for responding to … Continue reading

Posted in Cybercrime, Technology, Victim Services

Technology and Violence Against Women Series – Posting Content Online

In this blog series, we are examining the impact of technology on violence against women crimes, as identified by the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) Safety Net Project. Tomorrow, the IACP Violence Against Women team will focus on … Continue reading

Posted in Cybercrime, Social Media, Technology, Victim Services | 1 Comment

It’s Happening Here: Identifying Partners for Proactive Labor Trafficking Investigations

Guest bloggers: Colleen Owens, Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute, Washington, D.C., and Derek Marsh, Labor Trafficking Fellow, Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. What does human trafficking look like in your community and what are you … Continue reading

Posted in Partnerships, Victim Services