NCVLI Partners with the International Association of Chiefs of Police to Strengthen Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), working in cooperation with NCVLI and the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), has announced the selection of six law enforcement agencies to be part of the Integrity, Action, and Justice: Strengthening Law Enforcement Response to Domestic and Sexual Violence national demonstration initiative. Through a competitive application process, the following agencies were selected: City of Shawnee, Oklahoma, Police Department; Clark County, Ohio, Sheriff’s Office; Denton, Texas, Police Department; Iowa City, Iowa, Police Department; Nampa, Idaho, Police Department; and Vancouver, Washington, Police Department.
Throughout this multi-year initiative, NCVLI, IACP and OVC will provide these agencies dedicated resources, ongoing support, and comprehensive training and technical assistance to: (1) identify aspects of agency culture that may create or sustain gender biases; (2) develop sustainable strategies to address and eliminate the impact of bias on the response to—and investigation of—sexual and domestic violence; and (3) implement trauma-informed, victim-centered procedures agency-wide.
In response to IACP’s announcement, Meg Garvin, Executive Director of NCVLI, stated “At the core of NCVLI’s mission is improving crime victims’ access to justice; achieving this requires removing barriers which is why we are truly excited to partner with IACP, OVC, and these dedicated law enforcement agencies on this critical effort to eliminate the impact of gender bias in policing.”