The guidance, through a series of detailed case examples, advises law enforcement agencies to incorporate the following principles into clear policies, comprehensive training and effective supervision protocols:
Recognize and address biases, assumptions and stereotypes about victims.
Treat all victims with respect and employ interviewing tactics that encourage a victim to participate and provide facts about the incident.
Investigate sexual assault or domestic violence complaints thoroughly and effectively.
Appropriately classify reports of sexual assault or domestic violence.
Refer victims to appropriate services.
Properly identify the assailant in domestic violence incidents.
Hold officers who commit sexual assault or domestic violence accountable.
Maintain, review and act upon data regarding sexual assault and domestic violence.
This practitioner focused report of findings from a national research project on Sexual Assault Response Team functioning and effectiveness.
The full version of the technical research report to the National Institute of Justice is available online. Scientific publications of the data in peer-reviewed journals with full methodological details are also available.
The 2014 Fall & Winter edition of The Resource celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act.
Vice President Joe Biden recently deemed VAWA his “proudest legislative achievement.” In an article inside this issue, a legal advocate gives an inside look at what it was like to work on the second iteration of the landmark legislation in 1998.
Other topics covered in this issue include:
Primary prevention: It’s for everyone, so how can we make getting started more accessible?
Community Voices: We asked members of the anti-sexual violence movement to tell us their favorite ways to practice self-care.
Racism: Becoming an anti-racist organization is a process; let’s begin.
Evaluation: It’s important to evaluate our prevention work. But how can we do that effectively?
There’s even more inside! Want to read about a topic we haven’t covered? Send your idea to email@example.com. Thanks for reading.
The Violence Against Women Act of 2005 requires that sexual assault victims must not be required to file law enforcement reports in order to receive free exams. This study examined how states are meeting these goals. It found that victim compensation funds are by far the largest funder of exams across the country. In the 19 jurisdictions included in case studies, victims generally received free exams without having to report if they did not want to. However, barriers to even accessing the exam prevent some victims from seeking help.
This booklet by the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) includes basic information about the period immediately after the victimization. For example, 'Who can help me?' 'Do I have to tell the police what happened to me?' and 'How will my family and my friends react?'. There are also lists of resources in Texas In Spanish. Ordering information (the PDF is free).
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